He was educated at Royal Belfast Academical Institution, Belfast, County Antrim, Ireland. He was a partner in John Andrews & Company, later its Chairman in 1863. He was educated at Queen's College, Belfast, County Antrim, Ireland. He was a promoter of the Great Ulster Convention in 1892. He was President of the Ulster Liberal Unionist Association between 1892 and 1916. He was a member of the Ulster Defence Union in 1893. He was member of the Recess Committee in 1895. He was Chairman of the Belfast & County Down Railway Company between 1895 and 1916. He held the office of Member of the Appeal Commission under the Local Government Act in 1898. He was Chairman of the Down Chamber of Commerce between 1902 and 1914. He was invested as a Privy Counsellor (P.C.) [Ireland] in 1903 on the occasion of the Royal Visit. He was Member of the Arterial Drainage Commission in 1905. He was honorary Secretary of the Ulster Unionist Council. He was member of the Ulster Day Committee. He held the office of Deputy Lieutenant (D.L.). He held the office of High Sheriff in 1912. He lived at Ardara, Comber, County Down, Ireland.
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