John S. Mott was born in St. Mary's, Ohio, May 2,
1846, and spent his boyhood there, receiving his early education in
the local academy. He then secured admission to West Point, but
the civil war intervened, and in 1863 he went out of the military
school as a first lieutenant, and until Lee's surrender fought for the
After the war he resigned from the army, and
commenced the study of medicine in the University of Michigan, and was
graduated in 1867. He came straightway to Kansas City, where he
remained until 1878, when he removed to Independence. Few men
were more prominently connected with the building of Independence than
Mr. Mott, who played a prominent part in the mercantile as well as the
professional life of the town. He practically built the Trinity
Episcopal Church of Independence, and put it on its feet.
In 1894 Dr. Mott came to Kansas City where he
has ever since been. He has specialized on the eye, nose, and
throat in New York, London, and Paris, and devotes his time
exclusively to that work. He belongs to the local medical
bodies, and the American Academy of Medicine.
He is a Mason and a Knight Templar, and also
belongs to the Loyal Legion and the G. A. R.