Numa Fletcher Heitman was born September 11, 1860, in
Davidson County, North Carolina. He was the oldest in a family
of nine, and his struggle for education he so much desired was a long
and hard one. He had two uncles, one a Methodist preacher, and
they helped him in the furtherance of his ambitions. By
borrowing from the Charles F. Deem's fund, he entered the University
of North Carolina, and was graduated in 1882 with the degree of A.
B. While at school he made the highest average grade in his
class, won the prize in moral philosophy, and also carried away the
gold medal offered in oratorical competition.
He decided to study la, and entered the law
department of the University of Virginia, taking his degree in
1885. He came to Kansas City at once and hung out his shingle
and has been engaged in general practice ever since.
He married Miss Emma Coleman October 8, 1888,
and is the father of two children, John Hood Heitman, twelve years
old, and Numa F., Jr., twenty months old.