John P. Gilday was born November 3, 1861, in Pleasant
Hill, Missouri, but his parents removed to Independence when he was a
year old, and in 1868 came to Kansas City, where the family has ever
since remained. He was educated in the public and high schools
of this city, and while attending the High School worked as a
messenger boy during his leisure hours.
After his graduation he entered mercantile
life, but soon turned his attention to stenography. Having
become an expert court stenographer, he was given that position in
Division No. 3 in 1896, and still holds it.
Mr. Gilday has studied law, but never asked
for admittance to the bar.
A close student of public matters and a wide
reader, he has a library such as few men possess.
Mr. Gilday has always been invested in
politics as a Democrat, having at various times in the last fifteen
years been a member of the City, County, and Congressional Committees,
serving as secretary of each through many hard-fought campaigns.
As a reward for these distinguished services, he has been given the
Democratic nomination for Sheriff this year, and triumphantly elected.
Mr. Gilday married Mrs. Maude Dean in 1902.