HON. A. S. LYMAN
One of the leading layers of the Kansas City bar, has attained eminence in his profession, and an honorable place among his fellows. He has a well balanced judgment and possesses strong analytical and logical reasoning power. He delves deep in legal science in the endeavor to bring to light new facts and principles, and is thoroughly versed in his chosen calling, a fact which has placed him in an honorable and foremost position among the members of the fraternity in Jackson county.
Mr. Lyman is a native of New York City, born December 1, 1853, and is a son of Henry and Ellen Lyman, also native of that place. The father was a contractor and builder who enjoyed a very extensive trade. Under the parental roof our subject was reared to manhood, and in the metropolis of the east acquired his literary education, being graduated at Manhattan College with the class of 1874. The same year he was admitted to the bar, and at once established an office in New York, where he remained as a legal practitioner until 1885, coming thence to Kansas City.
In the 10 years of his residence here Mr.Lyman has succeeded in building up a large practice, and in 1890 was assistant prosecuting attorney under H. M. Withers, serving until the term of the latter expired in 1891. In the Fall of 1890 Mr. Lyman was elected to the state legislature, where he served during the regular session and in the extra session of 1892. During both terms he served as chairman of the committee on appropriations, and was a useful and valuable member of the house, so ably representing his constituents that in 1892 he was elected to the state senate, his term expiring in 1897. He is chairman of the committee on railroads and a member of the committee on appropriations, also a member of the judiciary committee and several others. He introduced and secured the passage of the appropriation bill for the Missouri exhibit at the World's Columbian Exposition, also introduced the first appropriation bill for the state militia that had been passed since the war. He was largely instrumental in having the present election bill passed, and has been very active in both houses, proving a good officer and laboring earnestly for the welfare of the general public.
In politics, Mr. Lyman is a stalwart democrat, deeply interested in the success of his party, and as a campaign speaker his services are much in demand. He is an orator of superior ability, both on the political platform and before judge and jury, and the standing that is accorded him in his profession well indicates superior merit.
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