William Clopton Michaels was born January 25, 1871, at
Alton, Illinois. His boyhood was spent at Ft. Dodge, Iowa.
When sixteen years old he left the High School at Fort Dodge, and
railroaded for several years. In 1892 he entered the University
of Virginia. The next year he went to the University of Michigan
at Ann Arbor, and was graduated from the law school there in 1895.
Mr. Michaels came to Kansas City, and was
admitted to the bar November 25, 1895, entering the law office of Haff
& Van Valkenburgh. Mr. Van Valkenburgh was subsequently
appointed Assistant United States District Attorney, and the firm
became, January 1, 1902, Haff & Michaels.
Mr. Michaels was married April 19, 1899, to
Miss Nannie Stone Wilson, of Independence, Mo. They have one
child, William Wilson Michaels.