- Received his early education in the common schools. In after years he moved to Boylston, where he has since lived, owning his farm in the eastern part of the township and also considerable property in the center of the town.
For three years during the civil war he served in Company C, Thirty-fourth Regiment, Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry, in the Army of West Virginia, under Sheridan, and was present at the surrender of Lee.
Like his father he has been a member of the general court of Massachusetts and has also filled local offices, including those of assessor, overseer of the poor and road commissioner. He is a member of the Grange and belongs to E. D. Baker Post, No. 64, Grand Army of the Republic, of Clinton, Massachusetts. His political affiliations are with the Republicans, and he has acted as delegate to different conventions. For twenty-five years he served as deacon in the Congregational Church, served as superintendent of the Sunday school for eighteen years, and is treasurer of the parish, besides being appointed for a number of years on the parish committee.