William Thornton Kemper was born in Gallatin,
Missouri, November 2, 1867, and lived there until seventeen years old,
when his parents moved to St. Joseph.
He was educated in the public and high
schools, and began his business career as salesman for a boot and shoe
house. After four years on the road, he started a bank and
general store in Valley Falls, Kas., where he remained until 1893,
when he came to Kansas City and formed the Kemper Grain Company.
Mr. Kemper was president of the Grain
Exchange in 1900, and in February, 1902, was appointed a member of the
Board of Police Commissioners by Governor Dockery.
He is also a director in the National Bank of
Commerce, president of the Kemper Investment Company, and operates
department stores in Leavenworth, Topeka, and Valley Falls.
In 1890 he married Miss Lottie Crosby, of
Valley Falls, Kas., and is the father of two children, James M. and
Mr. Kemper is a member of the Commercial
Club, and is prominently identified with the political and business
organizations in Kansas City