He moved to Massachusetts around 1852, with his mother. He went to Portage City, Wisconsin in 1856. He came to Minnesota in 1864, settled at Rock Dell.
He "comes again at the behest of his Republican constitutents." (Biographical Sketches of the Officers of the State Government of Minnesota and the 19th Minnesota State Legislature by C.L. Hall, 1877, p. 55)
His party affiliation when first elected was provided by The Fifteenth Legislature of Minnesota, 1873.