Edward Maitland Dart was born in Susquehanna County,
Pennsylvania, April 20, 1859. His boyhood was spent in toil for
until he entered his teens he was engaged in farm work or employed in
the lumber camps. He only went to school long enough to acquire
the rudiments of an education, and after that he educated himself,
studying at night.
He went to Chicago in 1881, where his brother
was in the live-stock business, and remained there for three
years. At the end of that time he came to Kansas City, and soon
after his arrival went to work for the Western Newspaper Union, with
which company he is still identified.
He went to work as an assistant pressman, was
promoted first to the position of shipping clerk, and was then taken
to the office as correspondent and book-keeper. In 1900 he was
made manager of the local office, the position he now holds. The
Western Newspaper Union supplies plate matter for the country newspapers,
and also does general publication work. Under Mr. Dart's
management the territory has been doubled, and the capacity of the
plant enlarged time after time. Aside from his managerial
duties, Mr. Dart's hobby is blooded stock, and he owns several farms
in Missouri, Kansas, and Florida, where he indulges his fondness.