James Franklin Spalding was born at Ypsilanti,
Michigan, July 28, 1835. When he was six years old his parents
moved to Ann Arbor, where he was reared. In 1860 he was
graduated from the University of
Michigan, and three years later
received the degree of A.M.
After graduation he taught one year in the Union High School of Ann
Arbor, and then three years in Bryant & Stratton's Detroit
Professor Spalding came to Kansas City in
1865, and on October 25 of that year he and his father, E. H. Spalding
Spalding's Commercial College, now one of the largest
institutions of the kind in the West.
Professor Spalding is the author of several
works on book-keeping, and is recognized as one of the most thorough
and painstaking instructors in the country.