Alexander New was born in Wabash, Indiana, his parents
having been natives of Germany. As a boy he learned the
saddler's trade, and saved up enough money to pay his expenses at
Washington and Jefferson College, at Washington, Penn., where he took
a thorough literary course. Returning home, he read law in
Wabash and then in Indianapolis, and was admitted to the bar before
the late Walter Q. Gresham.
He came to Kansas City in 1888, and for nine
years was associated with Henry Wollman. He then formed the firm
of New & Palmer, and later the firm of New & Krauthoff, but in
1899 the existing firm of Karnes, New & Krauthoff was formed.
Until recently, Mr. New was widely famed for
his activity and ability as a trial lawyer, but of late years his work
has been chiefly confined to the office, his corporation clientele
being very large.
Mr. New's one dissipation is the
manifestation of public spirit. He is chairman of the Commercial
Club's Committee on Municipal Legislation, and has given freely of his
time to that important work. He is also attorney for the board
of directors of Convention Hall. He is a member of the Kansas
City Club, the local Bar Association, a member of the State Council of
the State Bar Association, and a member of the American Bar