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Frank Sebree, political and legal figure in KC, dies at 87

Frank Sebree II, a significant figure in Kansas City’s political and legal communities for decades, died Saturday. He was 87.

Sebree, a graduate of Harvard University law school, worked at the Shook Hardy and Bacon law firm until his retirement in 1997. He became involved in local politics as a member of the Kansas City Council in the late 1950s and early 1960s, working for a time with Mayor Ilus Davis. He was an early champion of the Kansas City earnings tax.

Sebree was the first chairman of Kansas City’s Municipal Officials Ethics Committee, and was involved with Kansas City’s General Hospital and Truman Medical Center.

But he was also a lifetime friend of Kansas City mortgage banker and political activist James Nutter. The pair bought a building in 1983 that eventually housed the Majestic Steakhouse. Sebree’s son and daughter-in-law now run the Majestic Restaurant.

Sebree and his wife were also involved in antique collecting in Kansas City.