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George Baker Longan

George Baker Longan was born February 26, 1848, in Palestine, Cooper County, Missouri.  When five years old his parents removed to a farm in Benton County, where he spent his boyhood.  His instruction, received at the district schools, was supplemented by a two years' course in Allen Institute, Farmer City, Missouri, and a term at the Prairie Home Academy.  He then attended Kentucky University, at Lexington, where he remained until 1870.  Returning to Missouri, he began to teach school, and has been following that profession ever since, with the exception of two years, during which he acted as chief clerk in the Adjutant General's office in Jefferson City, and later private secretary for Governor Silas Woodson.

     Professor Longan taught school in various Missouri towns, and had charge of the schools at Holden just prior to his coming to Kansas City.  His local career commenced ad principle of the Washington School in 1880.  He remained there for seven years, then was made principal of the Humboldt School, and in 1899 was appointed to the position of Assistant Superintendent of Schools.  Professor Logan is not only widely known as an educator, but is a valued contributor to educational journals, and has read many papers before the educational associations.  His "First Lessons in Arithmetic" has also had a wide sale.

     He married Miss Emma Lard in 1870 and they have three sons, Roy, Wood, and George.
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