Oliver Filley

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Oliver D. Filley
16th Mayor of St. Louis, Missouri
In office
Preceded by Washington King
Succeeded by Daniel G. Taylor
Personal details
Born (1806-05-23)May 23, 1806
Bloomfield, Connecticut
Died August 21, 1881(1881-08-21) (aged 75)
Hampton, New Hampshire
Political party Republican

Oliver D. Filley (May 23, 1806 – August 21, 1881) was the 16th mayor of St. Louis, Missouri, serving from 1858 to 1861. He was the first Civil War mayor of St. Louis and he became the first mayor elected for a two-year term under the new City Charter of 1859.[1] He was reluctant to take the position.[2]

Filey ran a successful tinware business in St. Louis. He also contributed financially to Frank P. Blair's antislavery newspaper the St. Louis Union. [2]

As mayor, he headed the movement for arousing and consolidating union sentiment as the chairman for the Committee of Public Safety. The Fire Alarm Telegraph System was completed and put into use during his term in office.[3]

Oliver D. Filley died August 21, 1881 in Hampton, New Hampshire. Interment was in Bellefontaine Cemetery.[3]


  1. ^ "St. Louis Historic Preservation". stlcin.missouri.org. Retrieved 2016-02-23. 
  2. ^ a b Ravenswaay, Charles Van (1991-01-01). St. Louis: An Informal History of the City and Its People, 1764-1865. Missouri History Museum. ISBN 9780252019159. 
  3. ^ a b Library, St. Louis Public (2001-01-01). "Oliver Dwight Filley". exhibits.slpl.org. Retrieved 2016-02-23. 

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Political offices
Preceded by
Washington King
Mayor of St. Louis, Missouri
Succeeded by
Daniel G. Taylor