JAMES K. BURNHAM (1898-1901) #12As part of #KCParks125, we are featuring all 104 Park Board Commissioners in order of their service.James Kellogg Burnham (1843-1907) was born in Quincy, Michigan. After attending business college in Chicago, he became involved in the mercantile business and moved to Detroit Michigan. In 1875 he and a partner started Burnham-Stoepel Dry Goods Company there, which became very successful.Seeing a growing city in Kansas City, Mr. Burnham moved here in 1887 and began a dry-goods business which became Burnham, Hannah, Munger Dry Goods Company and also became involved in banking, the Commercial Club and other civic and charitable organizations. He also became an outspoken supporter of the parks and boulevard movement for Kansas CityIn 1898 when Park Board commissioner Charles Campbell resigned, J. K. Burnham was appointed to replace him. He served until a new mayor came into office in 1901. Continuing to work in business and with his civic and charitable interests, Mr. Burnham was very active until his death from pneumonia in 1907.