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George Lee Chrisman

George Lee Chrisman was born in Independence, Missouri, in 1851.  His father, William Chrisman, was one of this county's pioneers, and was firmly established as a commercial factor in the community at the time of the young Chrisman's birth.  The boy was sent to the public schools of Independence, and after passing through the allotted courses of these schools went to William Jewell College at Liberty, Mo., to the Kemper Military Academy at Booneville, Mo., and later to the Forest Hill Academy in Jefferson County, Kentucky. 

     After graduating from the latter institution, Mr. Chrisman returned to Independence, where he entered his father's office to begin the study of law.  Failing health caused him to give up the study, however, and he went into the Chrisman-Sawyer Bank, which his father had organized, in a clerical position.  This, too, was too confining for him, and he settled on a farm near Lee's Summit, Mo. 

      In 1896 he was elected Judge of the Eastern District of Jackson County, and at the conclusion of his first term was nominated and elected Presiding Judge of the County Court by the Democratic party.  This place he filled with distinction, and was again placed in nomination in 1902, and elected.  While all of his life has been passed in the communities suburban to this city, his business interests have not been confined to his places of residence, and he has been an important factor in the commercial life of this city.  The most important of these was his connection with the Kansas City Times as president and majority stock-holder at the time of its absorption by the Star in 1902.
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