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.