John Marion Langsdale was born June 17, 1856, on a
farm in Monroe County, Missouri. His early education was
received in the district school during the winter months, and when
fifteen he entered a private school in Macon. From there he went
to the State University at Columbia, and after completing his course
entered the Missouri Medical College at St. Louis, now a part of
Washington University. He was graduated in 1878, and first
practiced in Independence, Mo., coming to Kansas City in 1888.
Dr. Langsdale was elected Coroner of Jackson
County in 1890, and served two terms. He is now City Physician,
having been appointed in February, 1902.
He is also vice-president of the Missouri
Medical Association, and during the years of '95, '96, '97, published
and edited in the Lancet.
He is a thirty-second degree Scottish Rite
Mason, and a Shriner.
Dr. Langsdale was married in 1878 to Miss
Kate Gibson, of Paris, Mo., and is the father of five children, Byron,
Clifton, John M., Jr., Gibson and Margaret.