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Leon Jordan Was Once Recognized As The Most Powerful Black Man In The State Of Missouri

Perhaps one of the most powerful African-American men in the state of Missouri, Leon Jordan, served as a politician, police detective, and once a school teacher. Leon Jordan was born on May 5, 1905. He attended Lincoln High School in Kansas City, served in the U.S. Army, and graduated from Wilberforce University in Wilberforce, Ohio in 1932. After graduation, he married fellow Wilberforce student Orchid Irene Ramsey. He found work as a school teacher and by 1938, made a career change by joining the Kansas City Police Department.
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