A. L. Majors

A. L. MAJORS, city attorney of Galena, and one of the most promising young lawyers of Cherokee County, was born in Crawford County, Kansas, in 1871, and is a son of E. W. and Elizabeth E. (Townsend) Majors.

E. W. Majors was born in Iowa in the year 1840 and there grew to manhood, taking part in the great civil struggle as a cavalryman from Iowa for a period of almost five years, during which time he participated in some of the fiercest engagements of the Rebellion. In 1869 he moved to Crawford County, Kansas, and engaged in ranching, his herds grazing over the open prairie. But this was all changed when the settlers from the East came pouring into the State and the herd law went into effect. Then it became necessary for each herd to be confined to its own pasture and Mr. Majors took up a claim where he continued to live until 1874 or 1875, when he removed to Girard, Kansas, where he now lives in easy retirement. He was united in marriage to Elizabeth E. Townsend who was born in Knox County, Missouri, in 1849, and six children were born to them, five of whom are living.

A. L. Majors received his primary education in the public schools of Girard, graduating with the class of 1889. The following two years were spent in teaching and he then entered the Indiana Normal College, from which he graduated in 1894. Having decided upon the law as his profession, he entered the Kansas State University at Lawrence, was admitted to the bar in 1899 and the same year opened a law office in Galena, where he has since been actively engaged in the practice of his profession. He has been prominently identified with the best interests of Galena, has made many friends and is regarded as one of the city's most reliable, substantial citizens. He has been closely associated with the best legal talent, having served as deputy county attorney two years, and as the present city attorney of Galena he has gained a practical experience by which he has not failed to profit.

Mr. Majors has been active in politics, and has taken a deep interest in both city and county committee meetings. In 1902 he was nominated on the Fusion ticket for county attorney but was defeated. While he is interested to some extent in mining, his time and attention are devoted to his official duties and his success in his business is only exceeded by his growing popularity. Fraternally he is a member of the Fraternal Order of Eagles, the Elks and the Knights of Pythias.


History of Cherokee County Kansas and its representative citizens/strong>, ed. & comp. by Nathaniel Thompson Allison, 1904, transcribed by Rusty Tanner, student from USD 508, Baxter Springs Middle School, Baxter Springs, Kansas, 2/26/97.


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