He attended the common schools in Fultonville and Ashland Academy, and graduated from Union College in 1866. Then he studied law for a time and engaged in the foundry business. He was President of the Village of Fultonville in 1873, and Supervisor of the Town of Glen from 1874 to 1876. He was a member of the New York State Assembly in 1877 and 1878.
On November 13, 1895, he was arrested on charges of arson. He had burned down his own foundry, after it had been sold at an assignee's sale, and several other buildings in and around Fultonville. On December 2, he was pronounced insane, and later taken to the Utica Asylum.
He was buried at the Maple Avenue Cemetery in Fultonville.