Transcribed from History of Wyandotte County Kansas and its people ed. and comp. by Perl W. Morgan. Chicago, The Lewis publishing company, 1911. 2 v. front., illus., plates, ports., fold. map. 28 cm. [Vol. 2 contains biographical data. Paged continuously.] p. 616-617 transcribed by students from USD 508, Baxter Springs Middle School, Baxter Springs, Kansas, on October 23, 2000


John E. McFadden

JOHN E. McFADDEN. - Bringing to bear an alert mentality, through technical discipline, broad and exact knowledge of the science of jurisprudence, and a personal integrity of the most impregnable order, John Edward McFadden, who is engaged in the successful practice of his profession in Kansas City, is to be designated as one of the essentially representative members of the bar of Wyandotte county, where he has secure place in popular confidence and regard.

John E. McFadden was born at Gananoque, York county, province of Ontario, Canada, not far distant from the beautiful city of Toronto, and the date of his nativity was November 1, 1862. He is a son of Edward and Bridget (Malone) McFadden, both of whom were born and reared in Ireland, where their marriage was solemnized. Not long after their marriage the parents immigrated to America and took up their abode in the province of Ontario, Canada, whence they later removed to the state of Michigan, where they maintained their home for a number of years. In 1871 they left the Wolverine commonwealth to cast in their lot with the state of Kansas, and they were numbered among the early settlers of Jackson county, where the father secured a tract of land and eventually developed a productive farm. Of the twelve children of Edward and Bridget McFadden the youngest is he whose name introduces this sketch, and of the others four sons and two daughters are now living.

John E. McFadden was a lad of nine years at the time of the family removal to Kansas, and he duly assisted in the work of the home farm, the while he availed himself of the advantages of the public schools of the locality and period. Through close application to his studies he prepared himself for collegiate work, his ambition along this line being of most insistent order. He finally was matriculated in Lane University, at Lecompton, this state, where he remained until the latter part of his senior year, when the death of his honored father rendered it necessary for him to return home. In 1884-5 he was engaged in teaching in the schools of Jackson county, and in November, 1887, in pursuance of carefully formulated plans for a future career, he entered the law office of one of the representative members of the bar of Kansas City, Kansas, where, under effective preceptorship, he continued the study of law, which he had prievously carried forward while engaged in teaching school. Here he was admitted to the bar in 1889, and here he has since given his time and attention to the work of his chosen profession, in which his success has been of unequivocal order, denoting his technical ability and also his close application. Mr. McFadden is known as a specially strong and effective trial lawyer and he never presents a cause before court or jury without thorough preparation of the same, so that his percentatige of forensic victories has been specially large.

Loyal to all civic duties, Mr. McFadden is at all times ready to lend his influence and co-operation in the furtherance of measures for the general welfare, and he served two years as a member of the city council, though he has had no desire for public office of any description. His political allegiance is given to the Democratic party.

In the year 1890 was solemnized the marriage of Mr. McFadden to Miss Emma Cruise, of Kansas City, Kansas, and they have one daughter, Margaret.



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