George Madison Shelley was born in Calloway County,
Kentucky, in 1850. His parents removed to Keokuk, Ia., shortly
after his birth, and it was there he spent is boyhood. After
going through the schools of Keokuk he attended a business college in
Chicago, and then entered Princeton.
After leaving the university, Mr. Shelley
spent two years in foreign travel, visiting China, Japan, Central
America, the West Indies, and other places.
He came to Kansas City in 1870, and after a
short experience with the grocery business, changed his faith to
wholesale dry goods. He went into the wholesale dry goods
business in 1870, and has been so engaged ever since.
Mr. Shelley is a Democrat, and has always
taken an active and leading part in politics. During his
residence here in Kansas City he has been nominated for Mayor five
times. In 1878 he was elected Mayor, and then re-elected.
He has served three terms as Police Commissioner, having been
successively appointed by Crittenden, Marmaduke, and Stone, and was
postmaster of Kansas City during Cleveland's first term. In 1901
he was elected president of the Upper House and the Board of Public
Works, which position he now holds.
Mr. Shelley was married in 1872, and has one