Composer of Wabash Avenue After Dark, Put on Your Old Grey Bonnet, and When You Wore a Tulip and I Wore a Big Red Rose.
He attended Chicago Music College.
He was posthumously inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1970.
He married vaudeville performer Dolly Connolly.
He collaborated with Edward Madden on Red Rose Rag in 1911, which was a hit for his wife.