Student, Hamline U., 1914-1917; AB, University of Minnesota, 1918; AM, University of Wisconsin, 1924; Doctor of Philosophy, University of Wisconsin, 1926; Doctor of Laws (honorary), St. Norbert College, 1967.
Superintendent city schools, Gary, South Dakot, 1920-1922; assistant professor, Purdue University, 1926-1929; associate professor, Purdue University, 1929-1937; professor, Purdue University, 1937-1962; professor emeritus, Purdue University. Visiting professor George Peabody Teachers College, summers 1929, 30, 31, St. Norbert College, 1963-1966.
With United States Navy, World War I. Member American, Indiana history associations, Torch Club, Parlor Club, Reamer Club, Phi Beta Kappa, Phi Delta Kappa, Sigma Beta Kappa, Alpha Phi Omega.
Married Marguerite Hall, August 13, 1927. 1 child, Patricia Parks (Mistress Loren Graham).