John was born at Jackson, Missouri the son of John L and Frances A Durham Polson. He was married to Myrtle Buckly. He was employed at Moberly with the Wabash Railroad company as a brakeman until 1928 when he moved to Jefferson City Mo and went to work for the Missouri Pacific Railroad. He served with the Jefferson City Police Department under the parker Administration and also served as honorary deputy sheriff. He was employed as a deputy United States Marshal until his retirement..He was a member of the jfirst Methodist Church , the brotherhood of railroad trainmen and the Masonic lodge..