Henry L. Jost

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Henry Lee Jost (December 6, 1873-July 13, 1950) was a Democratic Mayor of Kansas City, Missouri from 1912–1916 and a U.S. Congressman from March 4, 1923-March 3, 1925.

Jost was born in New York City. He stayed at the Five Points Mission for Homeless Children and was sent westward on an orphan train where he was adopted in Hopkins, Missouri in Nodaway County, Missouri. He would be called the "orphan boy" mayor.[1]

Jost graduated from the Kansas City Law School in 1898 worked for the Jackson County, Missouri prosecuting attorney’s office in 1909. He was backed by Democratic power boss Joe Shannon with the "rabbits" faction.

In addition to his mayoral and Congressional duties he was also a lecturer on criminal law at the Kansas City School of Law.

Notable events during his tenure:

He retired in Belton, Missouri. He is buried at Mt. Moriah Cemetery, Kansas City, MO.[2]

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Political offices
Preceded by
Darius A. Brown
Mayor of Kansas City, Missouri
1912–1916
Succeeded by
George H. Edwards
United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
Edgar C. Ellis
United States Representative for the 5th Congressional District of Missouri
1923–1925
Succeeded by
Edgar C. Ellis