He was elected prosecuting attorney of Dixon County in 1890, 1892, and 1894. In 1898 and 1900 he was elected as a member of the Nebraska House of Representatives. In 1902 he was elected as a Republican to the Fifty-eighth and Fifty-ninth Congresses and served Nebraska's 3rd district from March 4, 1903 to March 3, 1907. He ran in the 1906 primary and lost to John Frank Boyd. He continued with his law practice in Ponca, Nebraska, not serving in any other elected office, though he was a delegate to the 1912 Republican National Convention. He died in Ponca on March 30, 1943 and is buried in Ponca Cemetery.