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John W. Wofford

John W. Wofford, Judge of the Criminal Court of Jackson County, was born August 14, 1837, in the State of Georgia.  He served in the House and Senate of Georgia, and was presidential elector in 1876.  He fought in the Confederate army from the beginning to the end of the war.  He was appointed Judge of the Jackson County Criminal Court in July, 1892, by Governor Francis, and was elected to that position in November, 1892, and re-elected in 1898.

     Judge Wofford is one of the unique figures in Kansas City.  He is like no one else.  A just and inflexible judge, strict in his construction and enforcement of the law, feared and respected by attorneys, he is yet as tender-hearted as a child in his treatment of criminals.  He has inaugurated a system of paroling convicted criminals, which puts them on their honor, releasing them during good behavior, which has done more to reform them than all the prisons in Christendom could do.
     Some of the most celebrated murder cases in the history of Missouri have been tried by Judge Wofford.

     So just and careful are his rulings that it is seldom, indeed, the Supreme Court has found occasion to reverse them.
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