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John F. Downing

John F. Downing was born August 24, 1854, in Virginia, Illinois, and lived there until the attainment of his majority.  He attended the public and high schools, and also took the classical course at Illinois College, Jacksonville, from which institution he was graduated in 1879.  

     Returning to Virginia, he entered the local bank, but after three years came to Kansas City.  His first position was with the old Armour Bank, where he worked as a teller for four years.  In 1885, when the "boom" possessed Kansas City, Mr. Downing went into the real estate business, and after the "boom's" collapse in 1889, he organized the New England Safe Deposit Trust Company, with A. W. Armour as   president and himself as vice-president.  After a year he was elected president, which position he still holds.  In 1898 the New England Safe Deposit Trust Company was converted into a National Bank.

     Mr. Downing is a member of the Kansas City Club and the Country Club.   He has been twice married, first wife having died in 1889.  His present wife was Miss Jessie Burnham, whom he married March 30, 1889.  He is the father of three children, two boys and a girl.
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