Franklin Houston was born on a farm near Huntsville,
Alabama, December 18, 1849. He is practically a Missourian,
however, as his parents removed to this State when he was less than a
year old. They first resided near Booneville, but in 1852 his
father entered a large tract of land in Pettis County and they located
permanently there. His father was one of the largest farmers and
most widely known man in Central Missouri.
Mr. Houston attended the public and private
schools in Missouri until 1864, when he entered Bethany College in
West Virginia, from which he graduated in 1867 as valedictorian of his
class. In 1868 he entered the law department of Michigan
University. Returning to Sedalia in 1869, he entered the law
offices of Phillips & Vest, then the most widely known lawyers in
Central Missouri, and remained with them for two years.
In 1872 he was elected Prosecuting Attorney
of Pettis County, and re-elected in 1874, and continued to practice
law at Sedalia and adjoining circuits until 1892, when he removed to
Kansas City. In 1900 he was appointed General Attorney of the
Chicago & Alton Railway for Missouri, which position he still
holds. He is a member of the local and State Bar Associations.
Mr. Houston was married to Miss Harriet S.
Brown of Sedalia, in 1871.