John Poelker

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John Henry Poelker (April 14, 1913 – February 9, 1990)[1] was mayor of St. Louis from 1973 to 1977. He was a Democrat.

John H. Poelker served 10 years as comptroller prior to his one term as Mayor. (He did not seek re-election.) He began his political career in 1953 when he became the city's youngest assessor, although later on as mayor, he oversaw the demolition of Pruitt Igoe which made thousands of residents homeless. Two of his brothers, Carl and Gerard were Monsignors in the Catholic Church in St. Louis. His parents were John G. and Anne Marie (Bongner) Poelker.

Poelker died on February 9, 1990, at the age of 76.


  1. ^ [1]
  • St. Louis Public Library
  • "40th Mayor". Bucks County Courier Times. April 18, 1973. p. 29. 
  • "New St. Louis Mayor". Mount Vernon Register-News. April 20, 1977. p. 1. 
Preceded by
Alfonso J. Cervantes
Mayor of St. Louis
Succeeded by
James F. Conway