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
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