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Shannon Clay Douglass

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 bar.
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