Frederick D. Gardner
|Frederick D. Gardner|
Frederick Dozier Gardner circa 1915
|34th Governor of Missouri|
January 8, 1917 – January 10, 1921
|Preceded by||Elliot Woolfolk Major|
|Succeeded by||Arthur M. Hyde|
November 6, 1869|
December 18, 1933 (aged 64)|
St. Louis, Missouri
|Profession||funeral director and supply manufacturer, businessman|
Gardner was born in Hickman, Kentucky; his father was William H. Gardner. He 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.
As Governor of Missouri he oversaw the elimination of the state's debt; it was $2,250,000 when he took office, but the state had over $3,500,000 in the treasury at the end of his term.
In addition to his political career, Gardner spent 47 years in the funeral industry both as a funeral director and supplier, starting his career as an office boy. 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.
Personal life and death
He married Jeannette Vosburgh in 1894 and they had four children: William King, Dozier, Lee, and Janet Gardner. He died December 18, 1933 in St. Louis, from an infection of the jaw. He was buried in the Bellefontaine Cemetery there with full Masonic rites.
Elliot Woolfolk Major
| Governor of Missouri
Arthur M. Hyde
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