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Below is a family biography included in History of Shawnee County, Kansas and Representative Citizens by James L. King, published by Richmond & Arnold, 1905.  These biographies are valuable for genealogy research in discovering missing ancestors or filling in the details of a family tree. Family biographies often include far more information than can be found in a census record or obituary.  Details will vary with each biography but will often include the date and place of birth, parent names including mothers' maiden name, name of wife including maiden name, her parents' names, name of children (including spouses if married), former places of residence, occupation details, military service, church and social organization affiliations, and more.  There are often ancestry details included that cannot be found in any other type of genealogical record.

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Charles A. Magaw, a well-known lawyer and formerly police judge of Topeka, was born in Ohio in 1872, and is a son of John B. and Margaret Magaw.

John B. Magaw was a farmer by occupation and lived in Ohio until 1879, when he came West to Kansas. He removed to Osage County, Kansas, in 1895, and lived there until his death on February 2, 1900. He is survived by Mrs. Magaw and three children, namely: Rachel, wife of Samuel Harbour, of Osage, Kansas; William, an instructor in the Topeka High School; and Charles A., subject of this biography.

Charles A. Magaw was reared on a farm in Jefferson County, Kansas, and received a preliminary educational training in the public schools of his district. He pursued a literary course of study at Washburn College, but left that institution in his junior year to take up the study of the law in the State University at Lawrence. After graduation with the degree of LL. B. in 1897, he was admitted to the bar, and has been engaged in practice since in the city of Topeka. He has an office in the Crawford Building, and has an extensive practice. He served two terms as police judge at Topeka, and is held in highest regard by his fellow lawyers and the public in general.

Mr. Magaw is unmarried and resides at No. 716 Lincoln street. Since the death of his father, his mother has made her home with our subject. He is a member of the Bar Association of the State of Kansas and of Topeka Lodge, No. 204, Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks. Politically, he is a Republican, and has always been one of the most active party workers in the city.

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This family biography is one of 206 biographies included in History of Shawnee County, Kansas and Representative Citizens by James L. King, published by Richmond & Arnold, 1905.  For the complete description, click here: Shawnee County, Kansas History, Genealogy, and Maps

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