Representative from Jones county, was born at Millville, Clayton county, Iowa, February 7, 1859. Attended the rural schools and the Elkader high school. Lived on a farm until twenty years old when he moved to Rockford, Illinois. Entered the N.C. Thompson Manufacturing company for two years, going to Springfield, Illinois, entering the Illinois Watch factory. Helped to start the Aurora Watch company of Aurora, Illinois, and remained until 1892 when he entered a co-partnership with W. J. Creglow and D. W. Hurst, starting the Bank of Delmar, of which he was cashier for seven years. Moved to Olin, Iowa, where he organized the Citizens Savings Bank in 1899, acting as cashier up to the present time. Interested in buying and selling real estate. Elected representative in 1916. Re-elected in 1918. Has always been a republican in politics.