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William Ashley Rule
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William Ashley Rule was born in St. Louis September 3, 1859.  He received his education at the St. Louis public and high schools, and after his graduation took a position with the St. Louis Transfer Company, of which R. P. Tansey was  president.  Mr. Tansey was interested in the old Hibernian Bank, and soon placed Mr. Rule there.  He afterwards went to the Third National Bank, and in 1887 came to Kansas City.

     He accepted a position with the National Bank of Commerce, then at Sixth and Delaware streets, and from a clerkship rose to the position of assistant cashier.  In 1895 he was made cashier, which position he now holds.

     He was married in 1880 to Miss Lizzie Harrison, of St. Louis, and is the father of three children, Bernard, Ashley, and Katherine. 

     A domestic man and a very busy man, Mr. Rule has never failed to identify himself with public movements, and has been a power in the development of the town.  He is president of the Kansas Cit Horse Show Association, treasurer of the United States and Mexican Trust Company, one of the vice-presidents of the Orient Railway, and a director in many other companies.

     He belongs to the Commercial Club and the Driving Club, and is associated with C. C. Christie in the promotion of a race track south of the city.
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