Fred S. Bullene was born in Kansas City August 23,
1864, the son of the late T. B. Bullene, on of Kansas City's early
Mayors, and a pioneer merchant, who did as much as any one man to make
this town what it is to-day.
The subject of this sketch went to the local
schools, and later entered Phillips' Academy at Andover, Mass., where
he prepared for Yale. He was graduated from Yale in 1885, and at
once returned to Kansas City. His first position was with the
National Bank of Kansas City, and, commencing in a rather humble
capacity, he was made receiving teller after three years. He was
with the bank for seven years, all told, and then Mr. Bullene, tired
of commercial life, entered the newspaper field, for which he had
always held a fondness.
His first position was on the reportorial staff of the Times, where he remained for two years. He
then went over to the Journal, where he stayed for one year, and then
he accepted a position with the Star in 1897, and has remained
with that paper ever since.
He was nominated by the Republicans for
County Clerk in 1902, and, wile defeated by the Democratic landslide,
ran ahead of his ticket.