He was born in Albany Township, Berks County, Pa. Came to Montgomery County in early manhood, resided on a farm in Perkiomen Township, near Gratersford, until 1856, when he sold the farm and removed to Freeland (now Collegeville) for the purpose of giving his sons an education at Freeland Seminary. He then engaged in the produce business, driving to Philadelphia weekly. Early in the '60's he engaged in the grain and coal business at Royersford, Pa., for some years. Later he purchased a grist-mill near Collegeville, retiring some ten years before his death. He was president of the Perdiomen and Sumneytown Turnpike Company for many years, and an Elder in Trinity Christian Church, Collegeville, from its organization, until a few years before his death. He was modest and retiring in his disposition, a thorough Christian, and liberal in his views on all matters of public interest.