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Joseph Van Clief Karnes

Joseph Van Clief Karnes was born on a farm in Boone County, Missouri, in February 1841.  From the district schools he entered the State University in 1877, and was graduated with high honors in 1862.  Immediately thereafter he enrolled himself in the Harvard Law School, but left it in his first year to accept a Greek and Latin tutorship in the Missouri University.  In 1865, upon resigning, he was given an A. M. degree.  During his tutorship he had studied law and had been admitted to the bar, and in August, 1865, he came to Kansas City in company with Henry N. Ess, and formed the law firm of Karnes & Ess, which continued for twenty-one years.  He is now head of the firm Karnes, New & Krauthoff.

     Few men have done more for Kansas City than Mr. Karnes.  As a member of the School Board, he stood for progress and non-partisanship, and worked early and late in the development of Kansas City's magnificent educational system, and the upbuilding of the great Public Library.  As chairman of the Commercial Club Committee on Municipal Legislation, he has also labored, and he was also one of the organizers of the Provident Association.  He helped to found the Kansas City Bar Association, and was its president for three terms, and was also one of the founders of the Kansas City Law Library.

     Mr. Karnes married Miss Mary Crumbaugh, of Columbia, and they have three children, a son and two daughters.
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