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John W. McKecknie

John W. McKecknie was born in Clarksville, Ohio, October 3, 1862.  He remained in his birthplace until he had reached the age of eighteen years.  His education had its beginning in the public schools of Clarksville, and later he attended Wilmington College at Wilmington, O.  He then took a classical course at Princeton, and graduated in 1886.  Afterwards he went to the Columbia School of Mines in New York city, taking the architectural course, and graduated after two years of study.  Mr. McKecknie remained in New York city after his graduation, and was employed in various architects' offices for five years.  He then opened an office of his own, and did the business of general architecture for three years.  Meanwhile he was studying painting at art schools and various galleries with an eye to adopting that as a profession, but finally gave it up to resume architecture.

     Mr. McKecknie came to this city in 1898, and went into the architectural business immediately, at which he has been very successful.  He is a member of the Commercial Club, the University Club, the Kansas City Art Club, the local chapter of the American Institute of Architects, and the Kansas City Architectural Club.

     Mr. McKecknie is married, having wedded Miss Lucille Jordan, of New York city, in 1899.  They have one child.

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