He was of Methodist parentage and of Puritan ancestry. He was born in Haverhill, N.H., and came with his parents to Milwaukee in 1843. He was for a short time a member of the M.E. Sunday school held in the little old church on Martin St.
In 1844 the family settled near Fond du Lac, then an almost unbroken wilderness. Here he was converted and united with the Methodist Episcopal Church in his seventeenth year.
In 1858 he graduated from Lawrence University, and immediately joined the Wis. Conference. His pastoral charges have been Sheboygan, Port Washington, Sharon, Racine, Oshkosh and Summerfield, and four years each on the Milwaukee and Janesville Districts.
In 1880 he was elected agent for the Western Methodist Book Concern. He has been honored by his Conference by being elected to four consecutive General Conferences, 1876,1880,1884 and 1888; and also by the degrees of A.M., and D.D. by his Alma Mater, of which he has long been a Trustee.
He served in the War of the Rebellion as chaplain of the 27th. Regiment of Wis. Volunteers.
In 1859 he was married to Miss Grace H. Bond of Buffalo, N.Y.
Dr. Stowe writes, that during his one year at Summerfield, though there were no special revival services, the congregations were well maintained, and there was a steady ,spiritual growth. Forty-eight were added to the church, and substantial improvements were made in the parsonage, which ministered to the comfort and convenience of subsequent pastors.
He is remembered among us as an excellent preacher and pastor, and thoroughly devoted to his church and to his work.
– Biography by Ralph Lane Lawrence, 1952