John P. Fontron was born
March 22, 1873, in Castleton, Illinois. His parents removed to
Kansas when he as three years old, and the subject of this sketch
spent his boyhood on a farm in Reno County.
He attended the district schools, and in 1890
the family moved to Hutchison, Kas.
Mr. Fontron's education was supplemented by a
three years' course in the Kansas State Normal School, after which he
taught school for a time.
Deciding to adopt law as a profession, he
entered an office, and in 1897 was admitted to practice. He then
entered Columbia University, Washington, D. C., and by virtue of his
previous study and experience, was enabled to take the degree of L. L.
B. in one year. He came to Kansas City in 1898, and was admitted
to the local bar shortly after his arrival.
Mr. Fontron is a strong Republican and has
identified himself with local politics to some extent. He is now
secretary of the Missouri Republican Club, and at the recent election
was the Republican nominee for the Legislature from the Seventh
District. A democratic landslide brought him defeat, but he ran
far in advance of his ticket.