Was born Dec. 10, 1850 at Frankfort, Maine. His father was a member of the E. Maine Conference. The family moved to Wisconsin at the breaking out of the Civil War, and his father joined the Wisconsin Conference.
He attended the Grammar and High Schools in Janesville, Wis. He graduated at Lawrence University in June, 1877, and from the Boston Theological Institute in 1880. He was licensed to preach by Rev. P.B. Pease Jan .6, 1872. Ordained Deacon by Bishop Gilbert Haven at Taunton, Mass. Apr. 20, 1879; joined the Wisconsin Conference in 1880, and was stationed at Court St., Janesville, where he remained three years. He then came to Summerfield, and remained three years, and from here went to Germany for study, and is there at the present time.
All through his school days, he stood in the foremost rank in everything that goes to make first class scholarship, and in his brief record as pastor and preacher, there are few who are his superior, or even his equal.
– Biography by Ralph Lane Lawrence, 1952