Attended Knox College 1849-50, 1851-52; not only held large land acreages and farmed them with skill and efficiency, but he was even more deeply interested in flour milling. He devoted his main attention to this industry and made a name in it of high repute. He suffered from pulmonary ailments sufficient to cause him, under a physician's advice, to spend some time at the Dangberg Ranch in Nevada where he apparently fully recovered his health. The benefits of his outdoor life proved to be more apparent than genuine for he did not long survive after his return to business. He had taken his proper places in many phases of community life and affairs; in politics being a Republican; in religion a member of the Presbyterian Church and a liberal supporter of charitable and humanitarian works. He loved to hunt and fish and was extremely fond of music and became an accomplished violinist.
Married 1st Dorleska A Ward; 2d Henrietta Viola Jones