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Harry Friedberg

Harry Friedberg was born in Kansas City, Kansas, June 14, 1873.  He attended the grammar and high schools of the town until his graduation, when he went to Phillips Exeter Academy, Exeter, N. H., to take the preparatory course for Harvard.  He graduated from Harvard in 1896, and on his return entered the employ of the Consolidated Electric Company, for which company he had worked odd months during all his school life, as assistant general manager. 

   In 1900 the Consolidated Electric Company and the Standard Electric Company merged interests, and Mr. Friedberg assumed charge of all the business of the companies west of the bluffs of this city.  May 25, 1902, the two companies went in with the Kansas City Electric Light Company, and Mr. Friedberg was made manager of the consumers' department of the consolidated companies.  While in one of his earlier positions with the minor companies, Mr. Friedberg decided on law as a profession, and entered the Kansas City School of Law, from where he graduated in 1889, but he never undertook practice.

   He is a member of numerous social and secret societies, among them the Masons, the Elks, the Progress Club, the Young Men's Club, and the newly organized Harvard Club.  Among the business organizations in which he holds membership are the Commercial Club and its kindred association in Kansas City, Kas., the Mercantile Club, in which he is chairman of the entertainment Committee.
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