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John M. Cleary

John M. Cleary was born on a farm near Odell, Illinois, August 21, 1869.  He was reared on a farm, and received his early education in the district schools and in the Odell High School.  He later attended the Illinois State Normal School at Dixon, and then took a literary course at St. Viateur College in Kankakee, Illinois.

     Deciding upon law as a profession, Mr. Cleary entered the famous law school at Bloomington, and took his degree in 1893.  After a year of practice in Bloomington, he came out to Kansas City in1894, and has ever since been an interesting figure in the public and professional life of the town.

A strong Democrat, he quickly allied himself with the local organization, and in 1898 was elected a representative to the General Assembly.  He made a good record at Jefferson City, and could have been re-elected had he chosen to make a race.  Instead he resumed the practice of law, and has risen rapidly in his profession.

     Mr. Cleary is a member of the Phi Theta Fraternity, and he also belongs to the Marquette Club and the Order of Elks.  He married Miss Mollie O'Rourke, June 30, 1902.
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