He was a dentist in his home state of Minnesota, and got involved in politics as the mayor of Glenwood in 1911, before taking the Senate seat in 1922.
Serving mostly during the period between WW I and II, he voted against America's entry in the League of Nations, and called for an end to reparations imposed on Germany.
He was born in Kandiyohi County, Minnesota.
His successor in the Senate worked alongside Minnesota Senator Hubert Humphrey. .