Wesleyan Local Preacher, Freemason and barrister, he was born at Levenshulme, but later lived in Bury and thenBedford, where he was mayor in 1903 and made a Freeman in 1944. He was a member of the WM Worn Out Ministers Fund Committee and President of LPMAA in 1908. He was also the chairman of the Bedford National Insurance Committee and President of the New Tabernacle Sick & Provident Society. He wrote Economic Aspects of Industrial Life Assurance. Other interests saw him on the Prison and Discharged Prisoners Committees. An advocate for British immigration to Canada, he was an honorary chieftain of the Iroquois Tribe, and was awarded the CBE.