William S. Cowherd

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William S. Cowherd

William Strother Cowherd (September 1, 1860 – June 20, 1915) was a Democratic Mayor of Kansas City, Missouri in 1892–1893 and Congressman from Missouri in 1897–1905.

He was born near Lee's Summit, Missouri and attended schools there. He graduated from the University of Missouri in 1881 and from the law school there in 1882. He was prosecuting attorney of Jackson County, Missouri in 1885–1889. He became first assistant city counselor of Kansas City in 1890; mayor of Kansas City in 1892; elected as a Democrat to the Fifty-fifth and to the three succeeding Congresses (March 4, 1897 – March 3, 1905).

After failing to be re-elected to Congress he ran unsuccessfully for Governor in 1908.[1]

In 1909, he moved to Pasadena, Calif., and continued the practice of his profession; died in Pasadena June 20, 1915

He is buried in Lee's Summit Historical Cemetery.

Political offices
Preceded by
Benjamin Holmes (Missouri)
Mayor of Kansas City, Missouri
Succeeded by
Webster Davis
United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
Robert T. Van Horn
United States Representative for the 5th Congressional District of Missouri
Succeeded by
Edgar C. Ellis