JOSEPH L. LANDRY. - To Joseph L. Landry has come the attainment of a distinguished position in connection with the practice of law in Kansas City, Kansas, and the zeal with which he has devoted his energies to his profession, the careful regard evinced for the interests of his clients and an assiduous and unrelaxing attention to all the details of his cases have brought to him a large business and made him very successful in the conduct of the arduous and difficult profession of the law. He served as city attorney under Mayor C. W. Green and has twice represented this district in the state legislature.
A native of the fine old Hoosier state of the Union, Joseph L. Landry was born at Lafayette, Indiana, on the 13th of June, 1870, and he is a son of Joseph and Katherine (Foster) Landry, both of whom are now residing in Kansas. The father was one of the pioneer newspaper men at Argentine, Kansas, having been the founder of the Argentine Republican a paper that has exercised a wide influence in political affairs in this section of the state. Of the five children born to Mr. and Mrs. Landry, Joseph L., of this notice, was the third in order of birth. He received his elementary educational training in the public schools of Lafayette, Indiana, and Argentine, Kansas. Subsequently he became a student in the Kansas City Law School, in which excellent institution he was graduated as a member of the class of 1906; duly receiving his degree of Bachelor of Laws. He initiated the active practice of his profession at Argentine but later established his professional headquarters at Kansas City, where he has gained distinctive prestige as a lawyer of unusual ability and brilliant attainments.
The first public office held by Mr. Landry was that of treasurer of the Kansas City school board, an incumbency he retained for a period of six years. He was appointed city attorney under C. W. Green and he discharged the duties, connected with that important office with all of honor and distinction. In 1900 he was elected a representative in the Kansas state legislature. He was again elected to that office in November, 1908, and during the ensuing session was appointed to membership on a number of important committees of the house and was a faithful and earnest worker in the deliberations of both the floor and committee room. In the grand old Masonic order Mr. Landry is a member of Ben Hur Lodge, No. 322, Ancient Free and Accepted Masons, of which he is a past master, having served in that capacity on three different occasions, and he is a member of Wyandotte Chapter, No. 6, Royal Arch Masons. He is also affiliated with Wyandotte Lodge, No. 440, Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks.
Mr. Landry was married to Miss Lola Cashner. They are exceedingly popular in connection with social affairs in Kansas City, where their spacious and attractive home is a recognized center of refinement and most gracious hospitality. Mr. Landry has won the respect of his professional associates and the confidence of the public by the able discharge of his official duties and by his handling of all legal cases that have been entrusted to his care. During his residence in Kansas City he has gained recognition as one of its most prominent and distinguished citizens and one to whom uniform esteem is given in token of his personal worth and ability.
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