Born in Malden, Massachusetts. Graduate of the Massachusetts Agricultural College in 1872. He joined his fathers business. His parents were identified with the anti-slavery movement and their home was a stop on the underground railroad.
He became interested in coins in 1857 because of the change in size of the cents. He declined the position of curator of the mint cabinet in Philadelphia.
In 1890 he became a dealer buying out Henry Ahlborn. He sold coins by fixed price lists 1891 to 1897. He was ANA member number 61. He conducted 175 auction sales 1896 to 1919. He died at home in Malden, Massachusetts.
bio: NUM 5 Sep 1892 page 37, photo page 36
obit: NUM 38 May 1925 page 274
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[229 p. (loose leaf binder) ; 3 pl.,Manuscript catalogue]. American Numismatic Society library rare book room. Creation date is approximate.