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Biography of William Peyton Waggener

William Peyton Waggener, only son of Hon. Balie Peyton Waggener, had followed in the footsteps of his father in the profession of law, and had attained enviable rank and prominence in the profession at Atchison. He was born at Atchison June 18, 1870, and grew up in his native city, where he attended the public schools and St. Benedict’s College. In 1887 he graduated from the Military School at Boonville, Missouri, and for two years was a student in Midland College at Atchison. He then entered the law office of his father and after a careful preparation was admitted to the bar in September, 1890. He too was only twenty years of age when licensed to practice, the age at which his father had been admitted. During 1893-95 he served as general attorney of the Kansas City Northwestern Railroad Company. Since February, 1917, he had been general counsel for this railway. In 1910 he succeeded his father as general attorney of the Missouri Pacific Railway for Kansas. Much of his time had been taken up with business affairs and he was formerly president of the Exchange State Bank and is now its vice president and director. He is also a director of the Kansas Life Insurance Company. Mr. Waggener served as county attorney of Atchison County from 1900 to 1903, and for one term was a member of the city council. His law offices are at 401 Commercial Street and his home at 820 North Fifth Street. Mr. Waggener was a member of the World’s Fair Commission from Kansas to St. Louis in 1903. He was a member of the Episcopal Church and...

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