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Hugh J. McGowan

Hugh J. McGowan was born in 1856 on a farm near Liberty in Clay County, Missouri.  He was educated in the district schools, and worked in the fields until he reached the age of nineteen.  In 1895 there came the plague of grasshoppers, and young Hugh grew disgusted with farming and came to Kansas City.  His first job was raking cinders from under a Wabash engine, and then he worked as a section hand on that road, and after that he secured employment from the Corrigans, who ran the mule car lines.  He curried mules first, then drove a car, and then after a term in a commercial college acted as driver for a furniture wagon, furniture packer, car accountant, and finally won a place on the police force.  In five months he was made sergeant, and for six years served the city.

     In 1886 he was elected County Marshal by the Democrats, and refused a second term.

     In 1890 Mr. McGowan became Kansas City Agent for the Barber Asphalt Company, and from that time his career has been meteoric. He is now general agent for the Barber Company for all the West and Mexico,   president of the Indianapolis car lines, president of the company that controls the street car lines of Cincinnati and Covington, and the general executive man of the Widener-Elkins Syndicate, president of the Kansas City Gas Company, and a director and officer in many huge corporations.

     Mr. McGowan was married in 1887 to Miss Katie Burnett, and they have four daughters.

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