John O'Grady was born in County Wexford, Ireland,
October 14, 1850, and was educated in the city of Wexford, where he
subsequently studied law and was admitted to the bar.
In 1870 he came to this country, and after a
brief stay in New York located in Osage Mission, Kas., where he
practiced law for four years. Soon after his arrival there
the boy of twenty was elected Mayor of the town, and what is more he
made a good mayor. From Osage Mission he went to St. Louis,
where he engaged in practice with Joseph Robinson.
In 1888 he came to Kansas City, and has ever
since been a prominent figure in the public and professional life of
Upon his arrival here he became a member of
the firm of Robinson, O'Grady & Harkless, but is now and has been
for some time a member of the firm of Harkless, O'Grady & Crysler.
He was for several years captain and judge
advocate of the Third Regiment, and has long been a prominent member
of the Commercial Club. He is also a member of various other
organizations, and while never an office-seeker has always been a