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.

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Political offices
Preceded by
John B. Gage
Mayors of Kansas City, Missouri
1946—1955
Succeeded by
Harold Roe Bartle