Born on November 12, 1893
. Attended Ripon College
and the University of Wisconsin
. After serving in France during World War I
, he returned home to become the Mauston city attorney
Elected to the Senate in 1930, ran for Governor as a Progressive in 1940 and 1942, but never made it. He first lost to Julius Heil, and although he would defeat Heil the second time around, he died of a stroke as Governor-elect on December 7, 1942, less than a month before being sworn in. The state supreme court would award his office to Heil's lieutenant governor, Walter Goodland.