Frank Phillips was born near Independence, Missouri,
May 2, 1862. He lived in that town until he had reached early
manhood, passing his school days as a pupil in the public schools
there. At the age of eighteen he came to this town, and went to
work for the street railway company as a conductor. At that time
the railways were under the ownership of the Corrigans, mules being
the motive power used. In 1888 he was made superintendent of the
Tenth Street and Brooklyn Avenue line, the motive of power which was
by cable. The line at that time was an independent one,
and was operated through a sparsely settled neighborhood. Its
service, however, was maintained at a high standard of efficiency, and
encouraged by this, homes were built along it, with the result that
when the line was sold by its owners it had reached the stage of a
Mr. Phillips was always a Democrat, and was
honored three times with nominations to elective offices. He was
nominated and elected to City Council for two consecutive terms, and
was afterwards nominated by the party as a Representative. He
was elected, and sat as a member of the Fortieth General
Assembly. Since that time he has always been identified as an
active worker for the party's welfare.
He is at present engaged in the mining
He is a member of the Jackson County Club and
also of the Order of Elks.
Mr. Phillips is married, and has one child.