William Marshall Sloan was born in Keokuk, Iowa,
January 29, 1859. His parents, however, soon removed to Woodford
County, Kentucky, where he received his early education in the public
schools. After a course in Chickering Institute in Cincinnati he
returned to the farm in Woodford County, but deciding upon law as a
profession entered the Cincinnati Law School. He did not
complete the prescribed course however, but journeyed to Santa Fe, N.
M., where he gained admission to the office of the Attorney-General,
and there it was he finished his legal studies, and gained admission
to the bar.
Mr. Sloan came to Kansas City in 1885, a time
when the town was in the throes of its great "boom."
Quitting the law, he entered the real estate business, and has
continued in it ever since.
Always a strong Republican and an active
party worker, Mr. Sloan soon began to play a prominent part in local
politics. Mayor Webster Davis appointed him Commissioner of
Streets, and his record in office was so good that the Republicans
nominated him for County Marshal in 1894. He was elected fairly,
but the famous election frauds of 1894 kept him out of office.
In 1901, upon the death of W. A. Kelly, Mr. Sloan was elected to the
He is a married man, having wedded Miss Lulu
Waldo, of Independence, in 1885. They have four children, two
boys and two girls.