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Biography of Forrest C. Donnell

Forrest C. Donnell of St. Louis, a member of the firm of Spencer & Donnell, attorneys-at-law, was born August 20, 1884, in Quitman, Nodaway county, Missouri. His father is John C. Donnell, who was born in North Carolina. While residing in Maryville, Missouri, the latter served as mayor of the city and has always been active in business and public affairs. He married Barbara Lee Waggoner, a member of one of the pioneer families of the state of Missouri. The father and mother of the subject of this sketch now reside in Kansas City, Missouri, Mr. Donnell being an officer of the Funsten Electric Company. Forrest C. Donnell was graduated from the Maryville, Missouri, high school in 1900 and thereafter entered the university of Missouri, from which he received the degrees of Bachelor of Arts in 1904 and LL. B. in 1907. While in the university of Missouri he was a member of the Kappa Sigma and Phi Delta Phi fraternities and was elected to membership in the Phi Beta Kappa, Theta Kappa Nu and QEBH societies. He was valedictorian of his class in high school and also in the university of Missouri. While in the university there were awarded to him the Rollins scholarship in 1903 and the Edward Thompson prize in 1907. He also served as business manager of The Independent, published by the students of the university of Missouri, and represented the university of Missouri in the interstate debates with the University of Nebraska and the University of Illinois. Following graduation he removed in 1907 to St. Louis where he entered upon the practice of law....

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