Martin R. Gossett was
born on a farm in the State of Kentucky April 11, 1858. He
remained there until he was nineteen years of age, when his family
removed to Jackson County, settling on a farm near Independence.
He attended the district schools of the county in the winter and
worked on the farm in summer until he had reached his early
manhood. He then went to private school in Independence, taking
a classical course. After leaving school Mr. Gossett came to
Kansas City to live, and obtained employment in a local clothing
store. He worked there for years, and as a feature of his
efforts for the betterment of those working in the same business, was
instrumental in helping organize the local branch of the Retail
Mr. Gossett from then on became a prominent
figure in union labor circles, and was deemed suitable timber for the
Democratic nomination for County Recorder of Deeds. He was
nominated and elected to this office in 1898. Four years later,
at the termination of his term, he was renominated by acclamation and
Mr. Gossett holds membership in a number of
secret and benevolent societies, among them the Masons, the Knights
Templars, the Elks, the Woodmen, and also remains affiliated with the
Retail Clerks' Union.
He was married in 1881 to Miss May Carter, of
Independence, at her home city.