A member of a WM family of corn merchants at Poulton-le-Fylde, born on 20 May 1881, he was educated at Barnes's Grammar School, Poulton-le-Fylde and Claremont College, Blackpool. He served on Poulton-le-Fylde UDC from 1905 until his death. He was briefly Liberal MP for Lancaster 1928-1929 and unsuccessfully contested the seat in the 1935 election.He came from staunch Methodist stock, became a local preacher at 20, especially in north Lancashire, and became President of the LPMAA in 1928 and again in 1942. He was Vice-President of the Conference in 1938. He died on 3 June 1943.