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George Madison Shelley

George Madison Shelley was born in Calloway County, Kentucky, in 1850.  His parents removed to Keokuk, Ia., shortly after his birth, and it was there he spent is boyhood.  After going through the schools of Keokuk he attended a business college in Chicago, and then entered Princeton.

     After leaving the university, Mr. Shelley spent two years in foreign travel, visiting China, Japan, Central America, the West Indies, and other places.
     He came to Kansas City in 1870, and after a short experience with the grocery business, changed his faith to wholesale dry goods.  He went into the wholesale dry goods business in 1870, and has been so engaged ever since.

     Mr. Shelley is a Democrat, and has always taken an active and leading part in politics.  During his residence here in Kansas City he has been nominated for Mayor five times.  In 1878 he was elected Mayor, and then re-elected.  He has served three terms as Police Commissioner, having been successively appointed by Crittenden, Marmaduke, and Stone, and was postmaster of Kansas City during Cleveland's first term.  In 1901 he was elected president of the Upper House and the Board of Public Works, which position he now holds.

     Mr. Shelley was married in 1872, and has one son, James.
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