Robert Jay Ingraham was born in 1864 in Coshocton,
Ohio, but has nobly lived it down.
After going through the public and high
schools of Coshocton, he came to Kansas City in 1884, and went into the
office of C. O. Tichenor, where he read law for two years under the
tutelage of that able jurist.
He was admitted to the bar in 1886, and
remained with Mr. Tichenor until 1889, when the law firm of Teasdale,
Ingraham & Cowherd was organized. Mr. Cowherd was first
elected Mayor, then Congressman. In 1901 Mr. Teasdale was made
Circuit Judge, and in 1902 Mr. Ingraham was appointed City Counselor
by Mayor Reed. It is really his first political office, unless
one counts his terms as Mayor and City Counselor of Westport
before its consolidation with Kansas City.
He has been a life-long Democrat, and plays
an important part in ever political campaign, although never putting
party above public welfare.
He was married to Miss Margaret Nelon, of
Lawrence, Kas., and the marriage has been blessed with two children,
Margaret and Robert James.