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Name:    Kreismann, Frederick H.
Profession:  Mayor
Category:  Politics and Government    (Number 31)
Term as Mayor:    1909-1913
Born/Started:     Sep. 07, 1869
Died/Ended:     Nov. 01, 1944
Description:    Frederick Kreismann was the 31st mayor of St. Louis, serving from 1909 to 1913. During his administration, the construction of the MacArthur 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 was passed in Mayor Kiel´s administration. Mayor Kreismann took the 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.

Mayor Kreismann oversaw the completion of Municipal Courts Building and the Central Library Building of the City´s Public Library System. The St. Louis Exposition and Music Hall had been torn down for the construction of the library. The land had belonged to the City since its purchase from James H. Lucas in 1854.

Mayor Kreismann was born in Quincy, IL and 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. He 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. Later he became a member of the Kreismann-Theegarten Insurance Agency In 1905 he was elected to the office of Circuit Clerk and served until 1909, when he resigned to run for the office of mayor.

After leaving City Hall, Mr. Kreismann returned to the insurance business. He retired at 69 years of age in 1939. He died in Webster Groves, MO on November 1, 1944. Burial was in Bellefontaine Cemetery.

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