Born in Camden, N.J. in 1872, joined the Army in 1889, lying about his age. Demobbed in 1902 as a Sergeant, he had been stationed at one point at Camp Miami during the Spanish American War. He returned to the town in 1903, securing a job as a beat officer with the MPD then as a Deputy Sheriff in the County Sheriff's force and then back to the MPD as a Detective and then Detective Sergeant in 1919. He received a citation and subsequent promotion for his part in the apprehension of the serial killer John Archibald 'The Florida Throat Slasher' in 1922, along with then Detective (now Detective Sergeant) Steve Garner. Both officers were injured in the struggle with Archibald, who was later declared insane and kept in secure medical confinement.