He came to the United States in 1856, and settled first in Mottville, New York, later in Little Falls. Here he began working at a wool factory, and in 1864 became sole owner of the Eagle Knitting Mill, and in 1872 incorporated the Little Falls Knitting Mill Company.
In 1863, he married Helen M. Waite (b. 1843), and they had two daughters, Edith (b. 1865) and Martha (1868–1947).
He was a delegate to the 1884 Republican National Convention.
He was a member of the New York State Senate (23rd D.) in 1890 and 1891. He lost in his quest for renomination in the Republican State Convention at Utica, New York in October 1891 as the candidate of the Miller faction, when his adversary John E. Smith, the candidate of the Platt faction, was nominated on the 937th ballot.
-  Obit in NYT on April 14, 1904
-  Republican State Convention at Utica, in NYT on October 10, 1891
-  Sheard ancestry
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