James Ray Samuel was born March 21, 1861, in Jefferson
City, Missouri. He spent his boyhood in Calloway County,
however, attending the district school, and in 1880 entered Chaddock
College at Quincy, Ill., where he remained a couple of years.
After coming out of college, he entered the
mercantile business. In 1889, he was appointed to the position
of chief clerk in the street department of the City Hall, where his
efficiency was such as to earn his retention until 1895. In that
year he was offered a deputyship in the County Clerk's office and
accepted it, which place he still holds.
Mr. Samuel has attended to business in the
County Clerk's office with such fidelity and with so much courtesy to
the public, that he has become one of the most popular officials at
the Court House. He will in all probability be the next County
Clerk of Jackson County.
Mr. Samuel married Miss May Small, daughter
of Dr. Andrew V. Small, surgeon in the confederate army, in Sedalia,