Elmer Nathaniel Powell, a prominent figure among the
younger members of the bar, was born at Farmington, Delaware,
September 19, 1869. His parents moved to Dover, Del., when he
was seven years old. He was graduated from Wilmington Academy at
Dover in 1886, and then took a post-graduate course of three years at
Johns Hopkins University. After leaving the university he took
up educational work, and was principal of an Academy at Hillsboro, Md.
In 1890 he came to Kansas City, where his
elder brother was a well-established lawyer. He took the law
course at the University of Kansas, graduating in 1895 with the
highest honors of the class. Returning to Kansas City, he began
the practice of law with his brother, under the present firm name of
Powell & Powell.
Mr. Powell was married October 19, 1879, to
Miss Illga Herbel, of Jacksonville, Ill. They have one child,
Dorothy, three years old.
In 1895 Mr. Powell was made secretary of the
Kansas City Law School, which he helped to found, and served in that
capacity until 1901. He was treasurer of the Bar Association one
term. At the university Mr. Powell was a member of the Beta
Theta Psi Fraternity.