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Frank Phillips

Frank Phillips was born near Independence, Missouri, May 2, 1862.  He lived in that town until he had reached early manhood, passing his school days as a pupil in the public schools there.  At the age of eighteen he came to this town, and went to work for the street railway company as a conductor.  At that time the railways were under the ownership of the Corrigans, mules being the motive power used.  In 1888 he was made superintendent of the Tenth Street and Brooklyn Avenue line, the motive of power which was by cable.   The line at that time was an independent one, and was operated through a sparsely settled neighborhood.  Its service, however, was maintained at a high standard of efficiency, and encouraged by this, homes were built along it, with the result that when the line was sold by its owners it had reached the stage of a valuable property.  

     Mr. Phillips was always a Democrat, and was honored three times with nominations to elective offices.  He was nominated and elected to City Council for two consecutive terms, and was afterwards nominated by the party as a Representative.  He was elected, and sat as a member of the Fortieth General Assembly.  Since that time he has always been identified as an active worker for the party's welfare.

     He is at present engaged in the mining business.

     He is a member of the Jackson County Club and also of the Order of Elks.

     Mr. Phillips is married, and has one child.
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