Henry L. Jost

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Jost in 1923.

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]


  1. ^ "Local History - Kansas City Public Library". Archived from the original on 2007-10-10. Retrieved 2007-06-23.
  2. ^ United States Congress. "JOST, Henry Lee (id: J000273)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.
Political offices
Preceded by
Darius A. Brown
Mayor of Kansas City, Missouri
Succeeded by
George H. Edwards
U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
Edgar C. Ellis
United States Representative for the 5th Congressional District of Missouri
Succeeded by
Edgar C. Ellis