Frederick H. Kreismann

 

Frederick H. Kreismann

Term: 1909 - 1913
Party: Republican
Born: August 7, 1869
Quincy, Illinois
Died: November 1, 1944
Webster Groves, Missouri
 
Frederick H. Kreismann (Mayor 1909-1913)-Background
Mayor (1909-1913). Frederick H. Kreismann was born in Quincy, Illinois on August 7, 1869. He was educated in the public schools of Quincy and St. Louis. In 1902 he married Miss Pauline Whiteman and they had two children. After leaving Central High School in St. Louis, he was employed in civil engineering and surveying work.

Mr. Kreismann entered the insurance business in 1890 as a clerk in the office of the German Mutual Fire Insurance Company of St. Louis. From 1891 to 1893 he was a special agent and adjuster for the Aetna Insurance Company, State of Nebraska. In 1893 he became more closely connected with the local insurance business in St. Louis. Later he became a member of the Kreismann-Theegarten Insurance Agency.

Frederick Kreismann was interested in politics as a young man. Jeptha D. Howe, Republican City Chairman, recommended him for office of Circuit Clerk. In 1905 Kreismann was elected to that office and served until 1909 when he resigned to run for the office of Mayor.

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Frederick H. Kreismann (Mayor 1909-1913)-Administration
In 1909 Frederick H. Kreismann became the thirty-fifth Mayor of St. Louis.

During his administration, the construction of the McArthur Free Bridge became a great problem because the $3,500,000 bond issue proved to be insufficient for its completion. The bridge was completed only after another bond issue in Mayor Kiel's administration.

Mayor Kreismann took a lead in establishing the Municipal Testing Laboratory for checking City supplies. It went into operation in 1912. An Ordinance of 1912 gave the Health Commissioner authority to regulate the storage, keeping, and carriage of food. Population had increased from 575,238 in 1900 to 687,029 in 1910 and St. Louis remained the fourth largest city of the nation.

Mayor Kreismann saw the completion of two City buildings during his administration. Constructed on the Municipal Courts Buildings began in August 1909. It 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. The block bounded by Thirteenth, Fourteenth, Olive and Locust Streets, had been set aside for a library building in 1902. The St. Louis Exposition and Music Hall, located on the site, was torn down for the construction of the Library. The land had belonged to the City since its purchase from James H. Lucas in 1854. the Exposition Hall had occupied the site since 1885 under lease not to exceed fifty years.

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Frederick H. Kreismann (Mayor 1909-1913)-Post-Administration
After leaving City Hall, Frederick H. Kreismann returned to the insurance business. He retired at 69 years of age in 1939.

Frederick H. Kreismann died in Webster Groves, Missouri on November 1, 1944. Burial was in Bellefontaine Cemetery.

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