Born at Whitchurch, Salop, on 13 February 1837, the census records show him living with an aunt at Marbury, Cheshire. He trained for the WM ministry at Didsbury College. As Chairman of the Sheffield WM District, 1886-97, he was highly regarded by both civic leaders and working classes. In 1896 he represented WM at the General Conference of the Methodist Episcopal Church. From 1897 to 1905 he was Chairman of the Birmingham and Shrewsbury District and Governor of Handsworth College and was elected President of the Conference in 1900. He died on 14 August 1912 at Harrogate.