Freeman R. Bosley Jr.

 

Freeman R. Bosley Jr.

Term: 1993 - 1997
Party: Democratic
Born: July 20, 1954
St. Louis, Missouri
Died: Living
 
Freeman R. Bosley Jr. (Mayor 1993-1997)-Background
Mayor (1993-1997). Freeman R. Bosley Jr. was born in St. Louis, Missouri on July 20, 1954. Bosley graduated from Central High School in 1972 and went on to attend St. Louis University and St. Louis University Law School. He graduated from St. Louis University in 1976 with two undergraduate degrees, a B.A. in Urban Affairs and a B.A. in Political Science. He received his Juris Doctorate from St. Louis University Law School in 1979. While a student at St. Louis University, Bosley was president of the Black Student Alliance and the Black-American Law students Association.

Upon graduation from law school, Bosley was staff attorney for Legal Services of Eastern Missouri, specializing in Consumer Affairs and Utility Companies. Bosley has also been employed by the law firm of Boast and Jordan. Bosley then went on to become the first African-American St. Louis Circuit Clerk for the 22nd Judicial Circuit - a position he has held for the last ten years. He served as the 3rd Ward Democratic Committeeman, chairman of the St. Louis City Democratic Central Association, and the first African-American chairman of the Democratic party.

Bosley comes from a politically active family. His grandfather, Preston Bosley, was the son of a slave who moved to St. Louis from Little Rock, Arkansas. Preston Bosley was responsible for establishing the Yeatman Community Development Corp. and Yeatman Community Health Center. Bosley's father Freem R. Bosley, Sr. is a city alderman from the 3rd Ward. Bosley married Darlynn Cunningham Bosley. They have a daughter, Sidney Cunningham Bosley.

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Freeman R. Bosley Jr. (Mayor 1993-1997)-Administration
In 1993 Freeman R. Bosley Jr. became the forty-seventh Mayor of St. Louis.

After winning the April 6, 1993 election by 66.5% of the vote, Freeman R. Bosley Jr. became the first African-American Mayor of St. Louis. Early in Bosley's administration, he oversaw the battle against the Flood of 1993. He helped to orchestrate the $70 million bailout of Trans World Airlines. He also help moved the Rams football team to St. Louis from California. Two property tax incesases were passed during the Bosley Administration.

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Freeman R. Bosley Jr. (Mayor 1993-1997)-Post-Administration
Freeman R. Bosley Jr. is a lawyer at Caldwell and Singleton. Mr. Bosley has joined two other former mayors, James Conway and Vincent Schoemehl, as leaders in the group Citizens for Home Rule and the St. Louis School Board referendum to air-condition city schools.

Freeman Bosley, Jr. unsuccessfully ran for mayor of St. Louis in 2001.

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