David R. Francis
David Rowland Francis was an American politician and diplomat. He served in various positions including Mayor of St. Louis, the 27th Governor of Missouri, United States Secretary of the Interior, he was the U. S. Ambassador to Russia between 1916 and 1917, during the Russian Revolution of 1917, he was a Wilsonian Democrat. Francis was born on October 1, 1850 in Richmond, the son of Eliza Caldwell and John Broaddus Francis, he graduated from Washington University in St. Louis in 1870 where he was number one on the rolls of the Alpha Iota Chapter of Beta Theta Pi fraternity. After graduating from University, he became a successful businessman in St. Louis and served as the president of a grain merchant's exchange; the St. Louis Mining and Stock Exchange was formed in St. Louis in the fall of 1880 with Francis as a founding member. In 1885, he was elected Mayor of Missouri as a Democrat. In 1888, he was elected Governor of Missouri becoming the only Mayor of St. Louis elected Governor of the state.
In 1896, Francis was appointed United States Secretary of the Interior by President Grover Cleveland and served until 1897. Francis was one of the main promoters of the St. Louis World's Fair of 1904, serving as President of the Louisiana Purchase Exposition. Historians emphasize the prominence of themes of race and empire, the Fair's long-lasting impact on intellectuals in the fields of history, art history and anthropology. From the point of view of the memory of the average person who attended the fair, it promoted entertainment, consumer goods and popular culture; the 1904 Summer Olympics were held in combination with that Exposition, by overseeing the opening ceremony, Francis became the only American to open an Olympic Games who never served as President or Vice-President of the United States. In 1905, after being elected President of the Louisiana Purchase Exposition Company, he was sent to Europe by the World's Fair directors to thank kings and other rulers for their part in making the exposition a success.
He was decorated by the emperors of Germany and Austria and Wilhelmina, the Queen of the Netherlands. In 1910, Francis was released on bail. President Woodrow Wilson appointed Francis as the last U. S. Ambassador to the Russian Empire between 1916 and 1917. During his time as ambassador, he was appointed as U. S. Senator from Missouri, he served in that post during the Russian Revolution of 1917. His biographer, Harper Barnes, summarized his personality: David R. Francis was a brash, stubborn, sometimes foolish, straight-talking, quick-acting, independent-minded, self-made man who represented the United States in Russia for two and a half years, during the most tumultuous era in that country's history. Much of his activity has been shrouded in myth -- some of that heroic, more of that tragic. On January 20, 1876, he married the former Jane Perry, the daughter of John Dietz Perry and a granddaughter of James Earickson, the former Missouri State Treasurer, they had six children: John David Perry, David Rowland, Jr. Charles Broaddus, Talton Turner and Sidney Rowland Francis.
His wife died in San Antonio, Texas on March 21, 1924. Francis died in St. Louis, Missouri, on January 15, 1927, he was buried in Bellefontaine Cemetery. In 1895, the University of Missouri dedicated David R. Francis Quadrangle in honor of the former governor, credited with keeping the university in Columbia after the fire of Academic Hall in 1892. Francis insisted that the state's land-grant university remain in a central location, rather than moving to Sedalia, as many state legislators desired. Instead, Sedalia was awarded the Missouri State Fair as compensation. A bronze bust of Francis' face sits at the south end of Francis Quad near the steps of Jesse Hall. A popular MU student tradition is to rub Governor Francis' nose before taking a test in order to get an A; the track/soccer/football stadium at Washington University in St. Louis, as well as the adjacent gymnasium, are named in Francis' honor. Francis Field was the site of the 1904 Summer Olympics. In 1916, he gave 60 acres of land to the city of St. Louis, Missouri as a Christmas gift.
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Frederick H. Kreismann was an American politician who served as mayor of St. Louis, Missouri from 1909 to 1913, he was a Republican. Kreismann was born in Quincy and attended public schools in Quincy and St. Louis, he worked in civil engineering and surveying, in 1890, he entered the insurance business, which became his career. In 1902 he married Pauline Whiteman and they had two children. Kreismann was interested in politics at an early age. In 1905 he was elected, he held this position until he resigned to run for mayor in 1909. Kreismann became the thirty-first Mayor of St. Louis in 1909; the city's population was growing at this time, rising from 575,238 in 1900 to 687,029 in 1910. St. Louis remained the fourth largest city in the United States. Much of Kriesmann's term as mayor was dedicated to policies, he helped establish a Municipal Testing Laboratory, which went into operation in 1912. An ordinance that same year gave the city's health commissioner the authority regulate the storage and transportation of food.
Two important public buildings were completed during Kreismann's administration. Construction on the Municipal Courts Buildings began in August 1909 and was completed in 1911 at a cost of $967,000; the Central Library Building of the City's Public Library System was completed and opened on January 6, 1912. Another public works project, the construction of the McArthur Free Bridge, crossing the Mississippi River north of Downtown became a problem for Kriesmann because the $3,500,000 bond issue, authorized to fund the bridge did not provide sufficient funds for its completion; the bridge was completed after another bond issue was approved during Mayor Henry Kiel's administration. After his tern as mayor ended, Kreismann returned to the insurance business, he retired in 1939. He died in Webster Groves, Missouri on November 1, 1944 and was buried in Bellefontaine Cemetery
Bernard F. Dickmann
Bernard Francis Dickmann was the 34th mayor of St. Louis. Dickmann started work at the age of 16. During World War I he enlisted in the Marine corps, his business career was in real estate. He was active in the St. Louis Real Estate Exchange, serving on the board of directors, serving as its president in 1931. In April 1933, Dickmann was elected Mayor of St. Louis; the United States was suffering from the effects of the Great Depression, Franklin Delano Roosevelt had just been elected president. Dickmann's election marked the first time in 24 years that a Democrat had been elected Mayor of St. Louis, it marked the first time a Democrat was elected with the support of a formidable African American political organization: The Co-operative Civic Association led by Jordan Chambers. Dickmann kept black support by building a long-promised modern hospital for the black community, which Republican Mayor Henry Kiel had promised would be paid for by the $87 million 1923 bond issue. By fulfilling his promise, Dickmann helped transform St. Louis from majority Republican to majority Democrat.
During Mayor Dickmann's administration, the city acquired and cleared the land along the riverfront that would become the Gateway Arch National Park and be developed with the Gateway Arch. During Mayor Dickmann's administration, the city enacted a smoke ordinance, took steps to reduce the air pollution created by the extensive use of coal for home heating and industrial use in the city. In 1941, Dickmann sought a third term as mayor, he was defeated by Republican William D. Becker. Dickmann was a delegate to the Missouri Constitutional Convention in 1943. In December 1943, he was appointed St. Louis Postmaster, a position he held until 1958. In 1949, while serving as Postmaster of St. Louis, Dickmann married Beulah Pat Herrington, the Postmistress of Mount Olive, Mississippi. In 1959, Mayor Raymond Tucker appointed Dickmann as director of the city's newly established Department of Welfare, he served in that position for two years. After completing his government service, Dickmann continued in the real estate business.
He died in Collins, Mississippi on December 9, 1971 at the age of 83. The Poplar Street Bridge crossing the Mississippi River at St. Louis is named in his honor. Dickmann is interred in Saints Peter and Paul Cemetery in south St. Louis
James G. Barry
James G. Barry was the 12th mayor of St. Louis, Missouri, he served as a Democrat from 1849 to 1850. Though short-lived, Barry's time in office was respected. Barry was born in 1800 in Ireland. Upon coming to the United States, Barry started his career as a real estate agent located in St. Louis. During this time, he served as a member on the Board of Aldermen, speckled in the years of 1840, 1842, 1845, 1846. In addition to before being elected, Barry served as the City Auditor in 1848-1849 under Mayor Krung. In his life, he was recognized as a valued member of the Missouri Historical Society. Barry was elected in April 1849 for a term of one year. Within a month of being elected, the Great Fire of 1849 in St. Louis occurred. On May 17, 1849, a small fire broke out and spread, causing five million dollars in damage. Beginning on one of the steamboats in the St. Louis embankment, it soon spread to destroying twenty-three boats and the majority of the business district. In order to combat this and help alleviate some of the hardships now faced, Barry authorized various new pieces of legislation.
Some of these new laws allowed citizens to receive up to six thousand dollars for immediate relief and protection of their property. Others effected the boats passing through the city, with all firewood requiring inspection before unloaded from the boat and ships with over 300 pounds of gunpowder refusing landing rights within the city. Around the same time as the fire and following, cholera struck the city, killing as many as 639 in the first few weeks. At the beginning of 1849, St. Louis was a growing metropolitan area, with a population of 64,000 and many immigrants arriving everyday. However, many of these new inhabitants had left their homeland sick, brought the disease with them. In response, Barry created the Citizens Committee in effort to fight the plague; this committee was given the fifty thousand dollars from the City council, worked with Barry to establish strong quarantine regulations and other means of protection. Because of these two experiences, people respected him highly, with the newspapers praising how he handled both disasters.
In addition, Barry worked to create a German newspaper printed in the German language. This was a result of an increase in the German immigrant population; this newspaper was delivered to all city ordinances. Barry married a woman named Elizabeth, they had one child named Frances Angela, they lived in St. Louis for the full extent of Barry's life. Barry died on May 9, 1880. M He is buried in Calvary Cemetery. St. Louis Mayors James G. Barry at Find a Grave
Victor J. Miller
Victor J. Miller was the 33rd Mayor of Saint Louis, serving from 1925 to 1933. Miller attended the University of Missouri, he graduated from Washington University Law School, began practicing law in St. Louis. In 1921, Governor Arthur M. Hyde appointed Miller President of the St. Louis Police Board; when he took office, the force included only six African-American officers—Negro specials—who were not allowed to wear uniforms. In his first year in office, hired fifteen African Americans and, like other officers, required them to wear uniforms, he served in that position until 1923. In 1924, Miller was a Republican candidate for Governor of Missouri, he carried St. Louis in the race. After his strong performance in St. Louis during the 1924 Governor's election, Miller ran for Mayor of the City in 1925, was elected at the age of 36, he was re-elected in 1929. Several major public works projects approved by voters in a 1923 bond issue were completed during Miller's administration, including the construction of the Civil Courts Building.
One of these public works projects, an $8,000,000 street lighting initiative led to charges of graft and corruption in city government. An investigation by the St. Louis Post-Dispatch found that the lighting contractor, A. M Ryckoff of Chicago, had overcharged the city by more than $150,000. Ryckoff and two city employees were indicted, but Ryckoff died before the matter came to trial, charges were dropped against the city employees. At the conclusion of his term as Mayor, Miller left St. Louis, he went to New York later to Kentucky settling in Kansas City. He died in Kansas City on January 6, 1955 and was buried at Mount Hope Cemetery in Joplin, Missouri
Chauncey Ives Filley
Chauncey Ives Filley was a United States politician active in Missouri. Filley was born in New York, he entered commercial life as a clerk. He designed and controlled his own pottery patterns and became the largest importer and distributor of queensware in the Mississippi Valley, he became interested in politics and became the eighteenth mayor of St. Louis, Missouri, in 1863, he resigned from office because of illness after serving only one year of his two-year term. Filley was a delegate to the Republican National Conventions from 1864 to 1896 and was a member of the Republican National Committee from 1876 to 1892, he was a member of the convention. From 1873 to 1878, he was postmaster of St. Louis, he is buried at Bellefontaine Cemetery. Chauncey I. Filley at the St. Louis Public Library: St. Louis Mayors website
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