Born at Shipley, Yorks on 1 January 1886. He entered the PM ministry, was trained at Hartley College 1907-1910 and travelled in English circuits until his health broke down in 1916. Advised that his arthritis needed a dry, warm climate, in 1917 he moved to Nairobi, Kenya, where his parents were living. He superannuated in 1926, obtained a post as a clerk in the Lands Department and by 1937 had risen to Commissioner for Local Government, Lands and Settlement. He was a member of the Legislative Council for 17 years and of the Executive Council for nine years, being Deputy Speaker for four years. He was twice Mayor of Nairobi and in 1964 took Kenyan citizenship. He continued to preach and in retirement helped social and religious organizations, including Rotary and the Order of St. John. He died in Brisbane on 9 September 1974, while visiting Australia.