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.
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.