John B. Gage

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John Bailey "Jack" Gage (February 24, 1887 – January 15, 1970) was mayor of Kansas City, Missouri from 1940 to 1946 who made reforms following the collapse of the political machine of Thomas Pendergast.

Gage was born on the 80-acre (320,000 m2) family farm at 9th and Cleveland. He graduated from the University of Kansas in 1907 and became a lawyer following the footsteps of his father to become a lawyer.

In 1930 he started the Gage and Hill law firm in the Bryant Building at 11th and Grand. Following a series of mergers the firm would become Lathrop and Gage, which is the oldest law firm west of the Mississippi River founded in 1873 (via the Lathrop line).[1]

After Pendergast pleaded guilty to income tax evasion charges in 1939, Gage, a Democrat, campaigned for mayor for the Citizens Association party consisting of both Democrats and Republicans. A signature aspect of the campaign was an appeal to housewives with the slogan:

Wanted: 75,000 women with pioneer courage...let us keep faith with those who blazed the trail.

He was to cut the city budget by $700,000, hired city manager L.P. Cookingham, and began to expand the city limits. He was elected three times.

He died after being hit by a truck while walking to work at 11th and Grand Avenue in Kansas City, Missouri.


Political offices
Preceded by
Bryce B. Smith
Mayors of Kansas City, Missouri
Succeeded by
William E. Kemp