Edward J. McGovern was born in South Chicago on
November 18, 1875. He lived there until 1888, when his parents
came to Kansas City, where he has ever since resided.
His education was received in the public
schools of Chicago and in a private school here in Kansas City.
At the age of eighteen he commenced to work for his living, first
receiving employment as a copyist in the office of Probate Judge J. E.
He has been retained in that office ever since, and by
his energy and application has risen from place to place until he was
chief deputy clerk.
A strong Democrat since the attainment of his
majority, Mr. McGovern has been prominently identified with the local
organization for some years. He has served as a member of the
County Committee, and has always been president or secretary of the
Fifth Ward Democratic clubs during campaigns.
At the last county convention in
Independence, Mr. McGovern received the nomination for Justice of the
Peace for the Fourth District, which comprises the Fourth and Fifth
Wards, and was elected by a large majority.
He has been reading law at night for several
years, and although he has never applied for admission to the bar, is
well able to pass the examination.