Name: Kiel, Henry W.
Category: Politics and Government (Number 32)
Term as Mayor: 1913-1925
Born/Started: Feb. 21, 1871
Died/Ended: Nov. 26, 1942
Description: Henry Kiel was the 32nd mayor of St. Louis, serving three terms from 1913 to 1925. A Republican, he was the first mayor to be elected to a third four-year term. During his administration, the City adopted a new charter in 1914, the Municipal Theater in Forest Park was built and the Zoo permanently established there. In 1923, the City passed an $87,000,000 bond issue to fund a number of ciovic improvements, including Aloe and Memorial Plazas.
Other municipal advances during Mayor Kiel´s 12 years in office included the enactment of the City’s first Zoning Law, the construction of the North Market Street Dock, the widening of Washington Boulevard, and installation of the Waterworks filtration plant. Koch Hospital, the City Jail, Children’s Buildings, a school for retarded children, and the industrial homes for boys and girls were built. The City acquired City Hospital number two (Homer Phillips) for Negroes. New playgrounds and community centers were opened.
Mayor Kiel had been born in St. Louis on February 21, 1871. He was educated in the St. Louis public schools and Smith Academy. Under his father he learned the bricklayer´s trade. He progressed to vice president and then president of Kiel and Daues Contracting Company and had a part in erecting Soldan, Central and McKinley high schools, the Missouri, Delmonte, Loew´s State and Ambassador theaters, and the Post-Dispatch building, Coronado Hotel, Eighteenth Street Garage, Municipal Auditorium, and Hamilton-Brown building.
In 1892 he married Miss Irene H. Moonan of St. Louis. They had two sons and two daughters.
Following his last term as Mayor, Mr. Kiel went back into the building business and continued to be a civic leader. Governor Caulfield appointed him president of the St. Louis Police Board. His firm built the Municipal Auditorium that bore his name. He died November 26, 1942. Interment was in Oak Grove Cemetery at St. Louis.
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