William E. Kemp

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William Ewing Kemp (February 8, 1889 – July 29, 1968) was a mayor of Kansas City, Missouri from 1946 to 1955.

Kemp was born in La Monte, Missouri and received his undergraduate degree from Central Missouri State University. He was a law graduate of Washington University in St. Louis in 1917 and World War I veteran.

In 1940 he was appointed by mayor Joe Gage to be city counsel and prosecuted several city employees in the fall of the Thomas Pendergast machine. Kemp was elected to a two-year term in 1946, re-elected to a three-year term in 1949 and then re-elected to a four-year term in 1952.

During his tenure the Chouteau Bridge and Paseo Bridge were built across the Missouri River and Starlight Theatre (Kansas City) opened.


Political offices
Preceded by
John B. Gage
Mayors of Kansas City, Missouri
Succeeded by
Harold Roe Bartle