Edward Everett Porterfield was born March 28, 1861, in
Berkeley County, Virginia, and spent his boyhood days on a farm.
He attended a country school, and was graduated from Franklyn and
Marshall College in 1883, having the degree of A.B. conferred upon
him. After leaving college, he decided upon the law for his
profession, and entered the office of Henry Clay Douglas in
Hagerstown, Md. He was admitted to the bar in 1885, but did not
hang out his shingle just then, first accepting a position as
principal of the public schools in Hancock, Md. He taught here
for a year, and then came to Kansas City, where he began the practice
Mr. Porterfield married Miss Julia Chick,
daughter of Joseph S. Chick, a
pioneer citizen of Kansas City, and is the father of two children,
Edward E., Jr., and Joseph Chick Porterfield.
He is a Mason, an Odd-fellow, and belongs to
the Legion of Honor and the Modern Woodmen of America.