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William Coleman Branton, American lawyer. Bar: Mississippi 1939, Missouri 1946. Decorated Legion of Merit, Bronze Star with cluster and combat V, Air medal.


Branton, William Coleman was born on June 30, 1914 in Greenville, Mississippi, United States. Son of William Coleman and Marybelle (Crittenden) Branton.


Bachelor of Science cum laude, Davidson College, 1936. Juris Doctor, University Mississippi, 1939.


Practiced in, Greenville, Mississippi, 1939-1940;practiced in, Kansas City, Missoury, 1946-1965;senior vice president, City National Bank & Trust Company, Kansas City, 1965-1970;Chairman of the Board, Plaza Bank & Trust Company, Plaza Bancshares, Inc., Kansas City, 1970-1979;of counsel, Slagle & Bernard, Kansas City, from 1979. Vice chairman Traders Bank of Kansas City, 1980-1982. Civilian aide Secretary of Army, 1979-1981.

Board directors, member Executive Committee Mo-Arkansas Flood Control Association.


  • Bar: Mississippi 1939, Missouri 1946.


Member Civic Council Kansas City. Board governors Nelson Museum Art. Founding trustee Missouri Repertory Theater, Inc., president, 1978-1981.

Trustee Parker B. Francis Foundation, Kansas City Museum of Science and Industry, Midwest Research Institute, University Kansas City, P.B. Francis III Foundation, Kansas City Association Trusts and Foundations, 1978-1981. Founding trustee Greater Kansas City Community Foundation. Founding trustee Clearinghouse for Midcontinent Foundations, president, 1976-1979.

Honorary trustee, president Barstow School, Kansas City. Board directors Starlight Theatre Association, Kansas City, Liberty Memorial Association, St. Luke's Hospital. Chairman University Kansas City, 1976-1978.

Board visitors Davidson College, from 1980. Served to colonel Army of the United States, 1936-1966. PTO. Member American Bar Association, Missouri Bar Association, Kansas City Bar Association, Lawyers Association Kansas City, Kansas City Chamber of Commerce (director), Association United States Army (president Leavenworth chapter 1973), National Guard Association Missouri (president 1954), Military Order World Wars (Commander 1964), Kansas City Country Club, University Club, Mercury Club, Blue Key, Phi Beta Kappa, Phi Gamma Delta, Phi Delta Phi, Omicron Delta Kappa.


Married Mary Shaw, April 12, 1947. Children: Leslie, Page.

William Coleman Branton

Marybelle (Crittenden) Branton

Mary Shaw

Leslie Branton

Page Branton