Bernard Francis Dickmann


Bernard Francis Dickmann

Term: 1933 - 1941
Party: Democratic
Born: September 7, 1888
St. Louis, Missouri
Died: December 9, 1971
Collins, Mississippi
Bernard F. Dickmann (Mayor 1933-1941)-Background
Mayor (1933-1941). Bernard Francis Dickmann was born in St. Louis, Missouri on September 7, 1888.

At the age of 16 Dickmann was employed by a large lumber company. At 18 he entered the real estate business with his father, Joseph F. Dickmann. In World War I, he enlisted in the Marine Corps and rose to the rank of Gunnery Sergeant. Following the War he returned to the real estate business in St. Louis. Dickmann served three terms as Exalted Ruler of the St. Louis Elks Lodge. He devoted much time of the affairs of the St. Louis Real Estate Exchange, being a member of the Board of Directors, then secretary, and president in 1931.

Bernard Dickmann did not marry until after he served as mayor. In February, 1949 he married Mrs. Beula Pat Herrington, Postmistress of Mount Olive, Mississippi.

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Bernard F. Dickmann (Mayor 1933-1941)-Administration
In 1933 Bernard Francis Dickmann became the thirty-eighth Mayor of St. Louis.

Dickmann was the Democratic Party's candidate for the office of Mayor in 1933. He was elected, as the Republicans lost the Mayor's Office for the first time in 24 years. He became the first Democratic Mayor since Rolla Wells and the first bachelor Mayor in more than a half century.

At his inauguration, Mayor Dickmann promised a program of economy leading to a balanced budget. He said studies would be made to make the city government more economical and efficient.

Two of the greatest accomplishments of his administration were the Jefferson National Expansion Memorial and the Smoke Ordinance.

Forty City blocks on the riverfront were cleared to make way for the beautification of the site for the Memorial. Mayor Dickmann obtained an Executive Order of President Franklin D. Roosevelt, retaining the Old Court House, the Rock House, and the Old Cathedral as part of the Memorial Area.

For many years St. Louis had been attempting to clear its atmosphere of smoke palls. The Smoke Ordinance, creating the Division of Smoke Regulation in the Department of Public Safety, became effective in February of 1937. By 1941, eighty-three cities from 31 states, the District of Columbia, and Canada had sent to the St. Louis Smoke Commissioner for information on the new Law and its application.

Mayor Dickmann's Survey of the city's governmental organization, services, and finances, was the first general and complete study made here. $40,000 was appropriated, and a group of municipal consultants, Griffenhagen Associates and Governmental Research Institute, conducted the survey under the direction of a local committee appointed by the Mayor. Mayor Dickmann was defeated by Republican Judge William D. Becker when he ran for a third term in 1941.

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Bernard F. Dickmann (Mayor 1933-1941)-Post-Administration
Bernard Francis Dickmann was a delegate to the Missouri Constitutional Convention in 1943. In December of 1943 he was appointed St. Louis Postmaster. He served as Postmaster until retirement in 1958. In January, 1959, Mayor Tucker appointed Dickmann as Director of the newly created Department of Welfare. Dickmann retired from this position in 1961 and continued in the real estate business.

Bernard F. Dickmann died in Collins, Mississippi on December 9, 1971.

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