Toensing, the Minnesota Journal of the Senate, March 12, 1929; and the Minnesota Legislative Manual, 1889 list his birth year as 1853. The Minnesota Legislative Manual, 1895; Progressive Men of Minnesota, 1897; and the Minnesota Historical Society's Governors of Minnesota list 1855. He's listed as being 25 years old in the Minnesota Legislative Manual, 1878.
He was born on a farm. He moved to Webster City, Iowa when he was 14 years old. He came to Fairmont, Minnesota in 1874.
He was listed as a Republican on the list of members posted after the 1877 election. ("The Next Legislature." St. Paul Pioneer Press, November 10, 1877)
He "has been a prominent figure in all the impoortant Republican gatherings in the state for a dozen years or more. In the campaign of 1896, however, Mr. Day, with Hon. John Lind, Hon. John Day Smith, Congressman C.A. Towne, State Senators D.F. Morgan, and S.B. Howard, and other men formerly prominent in the Republican party of the state, organized the free silver Republican party of Minnesota..." (Progressive Men of Minnesota, 1897, p. 505)
He ran unsuccessfully as the Free Silver Republican candidate for the United States House of Representatives in the 2nd Minnesota Congressional District in 1896. Without effort on his part, he was also endorsed by the Democratic, and Populist parties. (Progressive Men of Minnesota, 1897, p. 505)
He was listed as "politically a free lance." (The Minnesota Legislative Manual, 1927)
His funeral was held in Fairmont, Minnesota.