An American author of Western-themed fiction, he is best known for his Burnt Creek stories. He also wrote a series of stories set during the American Revolution.
He served in the U.S. Army during World War I.
He published over 300 short stories.
He married Jill M. Chord in 1925. He and Chord became parents to two children.
Stage to Lordsburg, a short story written by Ernest Haycox, was the inspiration for Stagecoach, a film starring John Wayne.