Arthur Chandler Coates
was born August 17, 1864, in Kennett Square,
Pennsylvania. He is
a Kansas Cityan born and bred to all intents and purposes, however,
for his father, Kersey Coates, came to Kansas City, then Westport
Landing, in 1854, and few names are more indissolubly linked with the
growth and greatness of the town.
The subject of this sketch attended the local
schools, and then prepared for college at Phillips'
Mass, and then entered Yale.
He was graduated in 1885, and studied law,
but never practiced his profession, as the management of the Coates
House devolved upon him. From 1889 to 1900 he managed the house
established by his father, and in the latter year accepted the general
agency of the Prudential Life Insurance Company at this point.
Mr. Coates was one of the founders of the
University Club. He was married in June, 1888, to Miss Isabel
Doggett, and is the father of two children, Gladys and May.