Frederick D. Gardner
Frederick "Fred" Dozier Gardner (November 6, 1869 – December 18, 1933), an American businessman and coffin and hearse manufacturer from St. Louis, Missouri, served as the 34th Governor of Missouri from 1917 to 1921.
Mr. Gardner was born in Hickman, Kentucky, but rose to prominence in St. Louis. The only political office he ever sought was a single term as governor, and he narrowly won the election of 1916. However, he did later attend national conventions of the Democratic Party.
In addition to his political career, Gardner spent 47 years in the funeral industry both as a funeral director and supplier. He worked for the Ellis Undertaking Co., M. Hermann & Son Livery & Undertaking, and the Southern Undertaking Co., all located in St. Louis. He eventually owned the St. Louis Coffin Co., and served as its president. He was also vice president of Gardner Motor Co. which operated in St. Louis from 1920 to 1932 and manufactured hearses and ambulances. He also operated casket manufacturing plants in Memphis, Tennessee; Texarkana, Arkansas; and Dallas, Texas.
Death and burial
- Beck, Todd Van. (June 2008) "Gov. Gardner: Funeral Director of the People". American Funeral Director 131(6),72-72
- Christensen, Lawrence O, (1999) Dictionary of Missouri Biography ISBN 0-8262-1222-0.
- Gardner Motor Cars
- Gardner gravesite - Findagrave
- Frederick D. Gardner Bibliography in the Centennial History of Missouri (v2), 1921
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