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Name:    Queeny, Edgar Monsanto
Profession:  Business Person
Born/Started:    1897
Died/Ended:    1968
Description:    Edgar Monsanto Queeny took over the Monsanto Chemical Works after his father became ill from cancer and grew the company in to a chemical giant with sales of more than $1 billion. He expanded the company initially across the Midwest and eventually around the world. Queeny’s legacy in St. Louis continues with Queeny Tower at Barnes-Jewish Hospital and Queeny Park in west St. Louis County.

Queeny enlisted in the United States Navy as a seaman when the U.S. entered World War I in 1917. After the War, he joined Monsanto (1919), becoming president in 1928. He served in that capacity until 1943, when he was elected chairman of the board. He served as chairman of the board of trustees of Barnes Hospital and in 1967, received the St. Louis Award for outstanding community service for his work there; honorary vice president of the St. Louis Symphony, and a director of the United Fund of Greater St. Louis. He was a member emeritus, past vice chairman and one of the founders of Civic Progress. He served on the board of directors for the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis as well as for a number of other companies.

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