Born at Jackson, MI; deaf at 3 from brain fever. Graduated the Michigan School for the deaf in 1865, then some time at Gallaudet College. Mainly a self-taught artist; studied in various places on his own before eventually returning to the Great Lakes area, doing portraits. A portrait of Thomas Hopkins Gallaudet in pastel was presented to Gallaudet College in 1893. Married Mamie Nettleton in 1891. Later trained his pug dog to perform tricks in response to signs; exhibited the dog in entertainment shows.
Representative Deaf Persons [second edition], p.142-143; Peeps into the Deaf World, p.290.