Walter Anderson Powell was born June 16, 1855, near
Farmington, Delaware. His early life was spent there, and he
attended the Wilmington Conference Academy at Dover, Del. He was
graduated from Dickenson College, Carlisle, Penn., in 1878, and went
to Denton, Md., to read law. He came to Kansas City in October,
1879, and was admitted to the bar here in 1881. C. W. Chase was
his first partner. With him he continued ten years, was alone
for a few years, and then Elmer N. Powell, a younger brother, was
admitted to the firm of Powell & Powell in 1894.
Mr. Powell was married September 4, 1888, to
Miss Jennie Knowles, of Rochester, N. Y.
He was nominated for Circuit Judge in 1898,
and ran at the head of his ticket. His father was James B. R.
Powell, a well-known eastern merchant.