He was born in Belle Fourche, South Dakota and received his LL.B. degree from the University of South Dakota in 1936. He practiced law in Belle Fourche and served in World War II in the United States Naval Reserve. He married Helen Brewer and they had four children.
He served as the State's Attorney for Butte County, South Dakota, for four terms and served six years on the Board of Regents. He was elected to the State Senate of the South Dakota Legislature in 1962 and Lieutenant Governor in 1964 and 1966.
- Biographical Directory of the South Dakota Legislature, 1889-1989 (1989), p. 846
|Lieutenant Governor of South Dakota