Albert Faulconer of Arkansas City, county attorney of Cowley county, and senior member of the well known law firm of Faulconer & Cunningham, is one of the younger members of the Cowley county bar, but has already won a prominent position in his profession. Mr. Faulconer was born near La Grange, Lewis county, Missouri, on Jan. 12, 1874, and is a son of James C. Faulconer and his wife, whose maiden name was Miss Nancy J. Martin. James C. Faulconer, the father, was born near Wheeling, W. Va., and moved to Lewis county, Missouri, with his parents, in 1837. He later located on a claim in Lewis county and was there engaged in agricultural pursuits until his removal to Hannibal, Mo., a few years before his death. He was a well known and highly respected citizen of Lewis county, where he took an active and prominent part in the work of the Democratic party. He was a member of the state militia, and both he and his wife were members of the Methodist Episcopal church. The maternal grandparents of our subject were from Ireland.
Albert Faulconer acquired his education in Missouri, where he attended a private normal at Canton. After completing his normal course he took up the study of law, first with J. T. Wash, later with J. T. Botsford, of Edina, Mo., and concluded his legal studies under Judge C. L. Swarts, of Arkansas City, Kan., who now occupies the district bench in Cowley county. He was admitted to the bar in 1901 and until January, 1903, was a partner of his former preceptor, Judge Swarts. When the latter assumed the duties of the bench, in 1903, Mr. Faulconer formed a partnership with Hon. W. L. Cunningham, which association still exists. The firm is one of the leading law firms of the county and enjoys a large and growing practice, serving as attorney for the Union State Bank, the Security State Bank, the Ranney-Davis Wholesale Grocery Company, and the Henneberry Packing Company. In February, 1911, Mr. Faulconer was appointed county attorney of Cowley county, to succeed L. H. Webb, whose death had left the office vacant. Mr. Faulconer is a Republican and has taken a very prominent part in his party's work for a number of years.
On Sept. 24, 1902, Mr. Faulconer married Grace McMillen, a daughter of G. W. McMillen, a Civil war veteran, who removed to Kansas from Indiana and took up a claim in Neosho county. This claim is the present town site of Thayer. He also engaged in the newspaper business at Erie, Neosho county, but is now residing in Arkansas City. Mr. and Mrs. Faulconer are the parents of two children: Ina, born Aug. 5, 1905, and Albert M., born Oct. 24, 1911. Mr. Faulconer has attained the Knight Templar degrees in Masonry and is also a member of the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks, of which order he has served as exalted ruler of Arkansas City Lodge, No. 956, and as a delegate to the national meetings of the Elks at Denver and at Philadelphia. He is also a member of the Ancient Order of United Workmen, and both he and his wife are members of the Presbyterian church.Pages 1380-1381 from volume III, part 2 of Kansas: a cyclopedia of state history, embracing events, institutions, industries, counties, cities, towns, prominent persons, etc. ... / with a supplementary volume devoted to selected personal history and reminiscence. Standard Pub. Co. Chicago : 1912. 3 v. in 4. : front., ill., ports.; 28 cm. Vols. I-II edited by Frank W. Blackmar. Transcribed December 2002 by Carolyn Ward. This volume is identified at the Kansas State Historical Society as microfilm LM195. It is a two-part volume 3.
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