Shannon Clay Douglass
was born at Columbia, Mo., December 29, 1852. He attended
Christian College at Columbia and then the Missouri State University,
from which he was graduated completing the course in the law
department there in 1873.
At nineteen years of age he was City
Attorney of Columbia, and was the Prosecuting Attorney of Boone County
for three terms. He practiced at Columbia until 1883, when he
came to Kansas City and formed a partnership with C. L. Dobson.
Then the firm of Dobson, Douglass & Trimble was formed, continuing
until 1890. Since that time Judge Douglass has practiced alone,
and has served as special Master in Chancery in the Federal Court, in
a number of big cases.
Judge Douglass was married September 8, 1880,
to Miss Hallie H. Burr, daughter of Wm. E. Burr, formerly president of
the St. Louis National Bank. There are three children, Wm. Burr,
Shannon Clay, Jr., and Henriette Brand Douglass.
In December, 1902, the subject of this sketch
was appointed to the circuit bench, filling the vacancy left by the
death of Judge John W. Henry, an appointment endorsed by the local