He was admitted to the Bar in 1911 and began practice in Lancaster and, thereafter, in Columbia. He was a member of the House of Representatives from Lancaster County in 1912 through 1914; was First Assistant Attorney General from 1916 until 1919, and a member of the House of Representatives from Richland County from 1920 until 1924. He served as the United States Attorney for the Eastern District of South Carolina from 1934 until his death in 1947. He was Chairman of the State Democratic Executive Committee from 1930 through 1934.
A powerful advocate and fearless prosecutor; a zealous and dedicated public servant; a political figure of national stature; a warm and understanding friend of many.