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Frank A. Faxon was born May 29, 1848, in Scituate, Massachusetts, coming of good old Revolutionary stock, his grandfather serving directly under Washington.  His father, Asaph A. Faxon, immigrated to Lawrence, Kas., in 1855, and two years later his wife and children joined him.  The subject of this sketch was educated in the public schools, and then went to work in the drug store of B. W. Woodard & Co.  He rose step by step until he was finally admitted to the firm, which, by reason of tremendous increase in business was compelled to remove to Kansas City in 1878.

     In 1897 the firm of Woodward, Faxon & Co. gave way to the present one of Faxon, Horton, & Gallagher.  Despite the cares and demands of the largest drug business in the West, Mr. Faxon has never failed to give freely of his time to the public good, and few men have done more for Kansas City.  He has served as president of the Humane society, has also been vice-president of the Bureau of Associated Charities, and was the third president of the Commercial Club.  He has also served in the City Council, and has been a member of the Board of Education since 1894, and has been a valuable aid in building up the splendid library and great public school system.

     He was married in 1871 to Miss Kate Darlington, of Chester County, Pennsylvania and she died in 1884, leaving three children, two sons and a daughter.  In 1892 he married Miss Francis Darlington, and they have one daughter, born in 1902.
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