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John P. Fontron

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.
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