William Frederick Kuhn was born in Lyons, New York,
April 15, 1849. When he was eight years old his parents removed
to a farm in Kalamazoo County, Michigan, where he remained until his
majority. He was graduated in 1875 from Wittenburg College,
receiving the degree of A. B., and later had the degree of A. M.
conferred upon him.
He taught school in Ohio until 1862, when he
entered the Jefferson Medical College in Philadelphia, receiving his
diploma in 1864. He first practiced in Eldorado, Kas., but came
to Kansas City in 1888, where he has since been engaged in the
practice of medicine. For several years prior to 1893 Dr. Kuhn
occupied the chair of materia medica and therapeutics in the University
Medical College, and from 1893 to 1899 he held the chair of neurology
in the Medico-Chirurgical College and the Women's Medical
College. He is president of the Kansas City School of Medicine
and a member of the faculty of the Western Dental College.
He has been honored with more offices and
degrees in Masonry, perhaps, than any other man in Kansas City.
Dr. Kuhn was twice married. His first
wife was Elizabeth C. Wilson, of Belle Centre, Ohio, who bore him two
children, Elizabeth and Harold. She died in 1887, and October
21, 1891, he married Miss Jessie O. Wilson.