Born at Toxteth Park, Liverpool Liverpool, and educated at evening classes and Liverpool University. In 1912 he was married at Princes Park Primitive Methodist, Liverpool and under the ministry of the Rev. H.J. Taylor (1859-1451) seems to have become a member in 1921. During the First World War he served in the Royal Navy Reserves and then became the Secretary of the Liverpool Boiler Makers Union. He stood both in 1922 and 1923 unsuccessfully as the Labour candidate for Liverpool (West Toxeth) gained the seat in a by-election in 1924 but lost it in 1931. He regained the seat in another by-election in 1935 and held it until 1950. Boundary changes in 1950 resulted in the seat becoming part of the Toxeth constituency and he lost the seat in 1950.