An American writer of cowboy fiction, he is known for such works as Good Men and True (1910), Bransford in Arcadia (1914), and Beyond the Desert (1934).
He worked as a stonemason and road builder before publishing his debut novel in 1910.
He earned the nickname of the "cowboy chronicler."
He was born in Nebraska, and he moved to New Mexico in the early 1880s. In 1899, he married May Louise Davison Purple.
He and Owen Wister both wrote stories about cowboys.