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Washington Adams
Washington Adams

Washington Adams was born in Boonville, Missouri, April 16, 1849.  It was there he lived until the attainment of his majority, receiving his primary education in the Kemper School for boys.  From there he went to the University of Virginia, and taking a special law course, had a degree conferred upon him in 1869.  

     It was in 1870, the year after receiving his diploma, that Mr. Adams came to Kansas City, and he has ever since been a conspicuous figure in the professional and public life of the town.  In 1874 he was elected City Attorney, and his record won him re-election in the following year.

     In 1889 Mayor Chase appointed him City Counselor, and Mayor Lee Talbot, Chase's successor, re-appointed him because of his ability and energy.

     In 1894 Mr. Adams was tendered the position of County Counselor, and there he made the same good record as in the office of City Counselor, and so the usual re-appointment was given him in 1896.

     Since 1898 Mr. Adams has devoted himself entirely to his private practice.  He was married June 5, 1877, to Miss Ella Lincoln, daughter of John K. Lincoln, of Plattsburg, and they have one son, John W., now in his sophomore year at Harvard.

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