The initial Chief of Police in the city of Berkeley, California. He filled the position in the first two decades of the twentieth century and later headed the International Association of Chiefs of Police.
He helped to establish the Berkeley Volunteer Fire Department.
Suffering from both cancer and Parkinson's disease, he committed suicide at the age of seventy-nine.
The son of German parents, he grew up in Louisiana, Germany, and California.
He appeared in a silent film series called Officer 444; the work was directed by Francis Ford, the actor brother of John Ford.