James B. McGowan was born in Clay County, Missouri,
June 8, 1864. He lived on a farm until he was nineteen,
attending the district school in winter, and working all the rest of
When nineteen years old he came to Kansas
City, and after attending the High School here accepted employment
with the Abernathy Furniture Company. He remained there for a
year, then went to another clerical position.
In 1888 he was appointed to a position on the
police force, and in 1888 was made a deputy in the office of the
County Marshal. In 1890 he was made Jury Commissioner, and in
that office, as in all other employments, he won success by ability
After leaving the office of Jury
Commissioner, he accepted a position as clerk in the office of his
brother, Hugh McGowan, then western agent for the Barber Asphalt
Company. When Mr. Hugh McGowan
removed to Indianapolis the subject of this sketch succeeded him, and
has carried on the work in the same successful manner.
Mr. McGowan is an active Democrat, a member
of the County Committee, belongs to the Jackson County Democratic
Club, the Kansas city Club, the Elks, and the Knights of Columbus.