Frederick D. Gardner

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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.

Political career[edit]

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.

Businessman[edit]

In addition to his political career, Gardner spent 47 years in the funeral industry both as a funeral director and supplier.[1] 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.[1] He was also vice president of Gardner Motor Co. which operated in St. Louis from 1920 to 1932 and manufactured hearses and ambulances.[1] He also operated casket manufacturing plants in Memphis, Tennessee; Texarkana, Arkansas; and Dallas, Texas.[2]

Masonic[edit]

He was also a respected Freemason belonging to the historic Tuscan Lodge #360 Masonic Temple.

Death and burial[edit]

Gardner died December 18, 1933 in St. Louis, and was buried in the Bellefontaine Cemetery there with full Masonic rites.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Beck, Todd Van. (June 2008) "Gov. Gardner: Funeral Director of the People". American Funeral Director 131(6),72-72
  2. ^ Christensen, Lawrence O, (1999) Dictionary of Missouri Biography ISBN 0-8262-1222-0.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Elliot Woolfolk Major
Governor of Missouri
1917-1921
Succeeded by
Arthur M. Hyde