Representative from Clarke county, was born on a farm in Clarke county, his father having settled on the old homestead in 1856, on which his mother still resides. He attended the public schools, also Simpson and Humboldt colleges, and later taught in the public schools of Clarke county. In June, 1916, enlisted in Company B, 3rd Iowa Infantry at Camp Dodge, Iowa, and was sent to Brownsville, Texas, where he was stationed from July 24, 1916, to February 1, 1917. Discharged at Fort Des Moines, February 20, 1917. Re-enlisted in Co. B, 3rd Iowa Infantry, July 16, 1917, at Machinery hall, Fair Grounds, Des Moines, this organization later became the 168th Infantry, 42nd division, known as the Rainbow division. Served eighteen months overseas, returned to the United States April 25, 1919, was discharged at Camp Dodge, May 16, 1919. Returned to farming. Was first commander of Isaac Davis post, No. 69, at Osceola. In 1920 was elected clerk of the district court, in which capac!ity he served four years. Married Violet W. Cornell, October 18, 1921. Elected representative from the fifteenth district November 4, 1924, was a member of the forty-first general assembly, was reelected in 1926. A member of the Osceola M.E. church. A member of the Masonic order. A republican in politics.Source:Iowa Official Register 1927-1928; Biographies of State Representatives; pg. 244 .