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Martin R. Gossett

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 Clerks' Union.

     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 again elected.

     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.
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