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William H. Wallace was born in Clark County, Kentucky, October 11, 1848.  His parents were farmers, and it was on their place Mr. Wallace was born.  The family removed to a farm near Lee's Summit, Mo., and Mr. Wallace attended the district schools.  After his schooling in his home county, Mr. Wallace went to Westminster College in Fulton, Mo., where he took the classical course.  He graduated from the college in 1871 with the title of A.B. affixed to his name, and soon after took up school-teaching as an occupation in Jackson County.  He afterwards went into the newspaper business, working on the Sentinel at Independence, Mo., and as correspondent for the Kansas City Times.

    He studied law in the office of former Attorney-General John A. Hockaday at Fulton, Mo., and was admitted to the bar in 1873.  He practiced the profession in Independence for five years after being admitted to the bar, then came to this city to continue it.

     He was elected Prosecuting Attorney of this county in 1880 and was re-elected at the expiration of his first term.

     He gained national fame through his fearless prosecution of the James boys, and at all times during the strenuous period carried his life in his hands.

     Mr. Wallace is a Mason and a member of the Knights of Pythias.

     He was married in 1887 to Miss Elizabeth Chiles, daughter of Mr. C. C. Chiles, of Independence.  They have two children, W. H., Jr., aged fourteen, and May, aged twelve.
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