Born in Ohio, August 20, 1838. With his father's family he came to Winterset about the year 1854. He was a scholar in the Winterset schools until about 1859 when for one year he was a student in the Mt. Pleasant University. In May 1861 he enlisted in the army and was one of the first to volunteer from Madison County. He became enlisted in the 3rd Iowa Infantry, going to Indianola for that purpose. He was in the ranks nearly two years when his health compelled him to quit the service. He then commenced to study law, in due time was admitted to the bar. He was a member of the firm of McPherson & Murray, then practiced by himself, and then joined the law firm of Ruby & Murray. He was married in November 1864 to Miss Caroline Holiday. While yet young in years the people of Madison County honored him with the office of representative in the Iowa legislature. After one term in the House he was elected State Senator from the district of which Madison County was a part.