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James B. McGowan

James B. McGowan was born in Clay County, Missouri, June 8, 1864.  He lived on a farm until he was nineteen, attending the district school in winter, and working all the rest of the time.

     When nineteen years old he came to Kansas City, and after attending the High School here accepted employment with the Abernathy Furniture Company.  He remained there for a year, then went to another clerical position.

     In 1888 he was appointed to a position on the police force, and in 1888 was made a deputy in the office of the County Marshal.  In 1890 he was made Jury Commissioner, and in that office, as in all other employments, he won success by ability and industry.

     After leaving the office of Jury Commissioner, he accepted a position as clerk in the office of his brother, Hugh McGowan, then western agent for the Barber Asphalt Company.  When Mr. Hugh McGowan removed to Indianapolis the subject of this sketch succeeded him, and has carried on the work in the same successful manner.

     Mr. McGowan is an active Democrat, a member of the County Committee, belongs to the Jackson County Democratic Club, the Kansas city Club, the Elks, and the Knights of Columbus.
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