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The Honorable Freeman Bosley, Jr.

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Profession

Category:
LawMakers
PoliticalMakers
Occupation(s):
Lawyer
Mayor

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Black
Favorite Food:
Fish
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Jamaica
Favorite Quote:
The Truth Crushed To The Earth Shall Rise Again.

Birthplace

Born:
7/20/1954
Birth Location:
St. Louis, Missouri

Profession

Category:
LawMakers
PoliticalMakers
Occupation(s):
Lawyer
Mayor

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Black
Favorite Food:
Fish
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Jamaica
Favorite Quote:
The Truth Crushed To The Earth Shall Rise Again.

Birthplace

Born:
7/20/1954
Birth Location:
St. Louis
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Biography

Mayor and lawyer Hon. Freeman Robertson Bosley, Jr., the first African American mayor of St. Louis, Missouri, was born on July 20, 1954 in St. Louis to Marjorie Ellen and Freeman Bosley, Sr. Public service was instilled in Bosley by his father, a prominent citizen of “the Ville” in North St. Louis. Bosley, Sr. was elected city alderman in 1977 and unsuccessfully ran for mayor in 1985. Bosley attended Farragut Elementary School and was a student activist at the predominantly white Central High School, graduating in 1972. He enrolled at Saint Louis University, where he received B.A. degrees in urban affairs and in political science in 1976. During college, Bosley was mentored by Ernest Calloway, a civil rights activist and professor at Saint Louis University. Bosley went on to attend the Saint Louis University School of Law, earning his J.D. degree in 1979. While at Saint Louis University, Bosley was elected president of the Black Student Alliance and the Black-American Law Students Association.

After law school, Bosley worked as a staff attorney for the Legal Services of Eastern Missouri, specializing in consumer affairs and utility companies. He was later employed by the law offices of Bussey & Jordan. Inspired in law school by U.S. District Court Judge Clyde Cahill, Bosley helped in the political campaigns of Charles Quincy Troupe and Charles Bussey. In 1982, Bosley became the first African American Circuit Clerk of Courts for the 22nd Judicial Circuit, a position he held for ten years. During this time, he also served as the 3rd Ward Democratic Committeeman before being elected the St. Louis Democratic Party Chair in 1990. Bosley's political leadership set the stage for his successful mayoral run, winning the April 6, 1993 election with 66.5% of the vote.

Early in his term, Bosley oversaw the safe evacuation of 10,000 residents during the Great Flood of 1993. He later helped to orchestrate the $70 million bailout of Trans World Airlines (TWA), resulting in the airline relocating its world headquarters to the city. He facilitated the move of the Los Angeles Rams football team to St. Louis in 1995, leading to a 2000 Super Bowl win. Bosley's administration passed two property tax increases, successes that generated an additional $40 million of revenue for the city. Bosley ran for re-election in 1997 but lost to the African American police chief, Clarence Harmon, in the Democratic Primary. Bosley also ran unsuccessfully for mayor in the Democratic Primary in 2001. After leaving office, Bosley practiced law with the law firm Caldwell & Singleton and joined two other former mayors, James Conway and Vincent Schoemehl, as leaders in the group Citizens for Home Rule. Bosley started his own law practice, Bosley & Associates, in 2004 and continues to serve as mentor to young legal and political hopefuls.

Bosley is divorced with a daughter, Sydney. He continues to live in the same North St. Louis neighborhood where he grew up.

Hon. Freeman Robertson Bosley, Jr. was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on October 15, 2007.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - The Honorable Freeman Bosley, Jr. remembers his grandfather, Preston Bosley
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - The Honorable Freeman Bosley, Jr. talks about his father's education
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  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - The Honorable Freeman Bosley, Jr. recalls his father's political career
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - The Honorable Freeman Bosley, Jr. describes his father's political accomplishments
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - The Honorable Freeman Bosley, Jr. recalls how his parents met
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - The Honorable Freeman Bosley, Jr. remembers his maternal grandmother
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - The Honorable Freeman Bosley, Jr. describes his parents' personalities and who he takes after
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - The Honorable Freeman Bosley, Jr. lists his siblings
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - The Honorable Freeman Bosley, Jr. describes his earliest childhood memory
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - The Honorable Freeman Bosley, Jr. remembers Fairground Park in St. Louis, Missouri
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - The Honorable Freeman Bosley, Jr. describes the smells of his childhood
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - The Honorable Freeman Bosley, Jr. talks about his childhood activities
  • Tape: 2 Story: 10 - The Honorable Freeman Bosley, Jr. describes his early musical influences
  • Tape: 2 Story: 11 - The Honorable Freeman Bosley, Jr. remembers Samaritan United Methodist Church
  • Tape: 2 Story: 12 - The Honorable Freeman Bosley, Jr. describes his childhood personality
  • Tape: 2 Story: 13 - The Honorable Freeman Bosley, Jr. describes Farragut Elementary School
  • Tape: 2 Story: 14 - The Honorable Freeman Bosley, Jr. recalls his early entrepreneurial spirit
  • Tape: 2 Story: 15 - The Honorable Freeman Bosley, Jr. describes Central High School
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - The Honorable Freeman Bosley, Jr. describes his high school activities
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - The Honorable Freeman Bosley, Jr. remembers his father's first campaign
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - The Honorable Freeman Bosley, Jr. recalls his early activism
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - The Honorable Freeman Bosley, Jr. describes Saint Louis University
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - The Honorable Freeman Bosley, Jr. talks about his political development
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - The Honorable Freeman Bosley, Jr. recalls his mother's warning about communism
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - The Honorable Freeman Bosley, Jr. remembers the Black Panther Party in St. Louis, Missouri
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - The Honorable Freeman Bosley, Jr. describes his academic development in college
  • Tape: 3 Story: 9 - The Honorable Freeman Bosley, Jr. remembers his father's alderman campaign
  • Tape: 3 Story: 10 - The Honorable Freeman Bosley, Jr. recalls his decision to attend St. Louis University School of Law
  • Tape: 3 Story: 11 - The Honorable Freeman Bosley, Jr. describes Saint Louis University School of Law
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - The Honorable Freeman Bosley, Jr. remembers his professors at Saint Louis University Law School
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - The Honorable Freeman Bosley, Jr. describes his academic experiences in law school
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - The Honorable Freeman Bosley, Jr. recalls working for Legal Services of Eastern Missouri
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - The Honorable Freeman Bosley, Jr. remembers his biggest case with Legal Services
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - The Honorable Freeman Bosley, Jr. recalls his decision to run for clerk of courts
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - The Honorable Freeman Bosley, Jr. describes his early campaigning for clerk of courts
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - The Honorable Freeman Bosley, Jr. recalls being elected as St. Louis clerk of courts
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - The Honorable Freeman Bosley, Jr. describes his early work as St. Louis clerk of courts
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - The Honorable Freeman Bosley, Jr. recalls starting the Midnight Basketball program in St. Louis, Missouri
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - The Honorable Freeman Bosley, Jr. remembers management problems with the Midnight Basketball
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  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - The Honorable Freeman Bosley, Jr. shares his concerns about African American political participation
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - The Honorable Freeman Bosley, Jr. recalls becoming chairman of the Democratic Party
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - The Honorable Freeman Bosley, Jr. recalls his decision to run for mayor of St. Louis, Missouri
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - The Honorable Freeman Bosley, Jr. talks about building political relationships
  • Tape: 5 Story: 8 - The Honorable Freeman Bosley, Jr. recalls the 1992 Missouri gubernatorial election
  • Tape: 5 Story: 9 - The Honorable Freeman Bosley, Jr. describes voter participation in St. Louis, Missouri
  • Tape: 6 Story: 1 - The Honorable Freeman Bosley, Jr. recalls his opponents in the 1993 mayoral election
  • Tape: 6 Story: 2 - The Honorable Freeman Bosley, Jr. describes his strategies for elections
  • Tape: 6 Story: 3 - The Honorable Freeman Bosley, Jr. remembers his supporters during the 1992 mayoral race
  • Tape: 6 Story: 4 - The Honorable Freeman Bosley, Jr. describes his campaign's strain on his family
  • Tape: 6 Story: 5 - The Honorable Freeman Bosley, Jr. describes St. Louis, Missouri
  • Tape: 6 Story: 6 - The Honorable Freeman Bosley, Jr. recalls the night of his election
  • Tape: 6 Story: 7 - The Honorable Freeman Bosley, Jr. talks about his accomplishments as mayor
  • Tape: 6 Story: 8 - The Honorable Freeman Bosley, Jr. recalls political opposition
  • Tape: 6 Story: 9 - The Honorable Freeman Bosley, Jr. describes his proudest accomplishment as mayor of St. Louis, Missouri
  • Tape: 6 Story: 10 - The Honorable Freeman Bosley, Jr. talks about his unsuccessful bid for reelection
  • Tape: 6 Story: 11 - The Honorable Freeman Bosley, Jr. remembers the flood of 1993
  • Tape: 7 Story: 1 - The Honorable Freeman Bosley, Jr. recalls encountering racism during his mayoral campaign
  • Tape: 7 Story: 2 - The Honorable Freeman Bosley, Jr. recalls his bid for reelection
  • Tape: 7 Story: 3 - The Honorable Freeman Bosley, Jr. talks about his 2001 mayoral run
  • Tape: 7 Story: 4 - The Honorable Freeman Bosley, Jr. recalls starting Bosley and Associates
  • Tape: 7 Story: 5 - The Honorable Freeman Bosley, Jr. describes his continued involvement in politics
  • Tape: 7 Story: 6 - The Honorable Freeman Bosley, Jr. shares his advice for aspiring politicians
  • Tape: 7 Story: 7 - The Honorable Freeman Bosley, Jr. describes his hopes and concerns for the African American community
  • Tape: 7 Story: 8 - The Honorable Freeman Bosley, Jr. reflects upon his time as mayor of St. Louis
  • Tape: 7 Story: 9 - The Honorable Freeman Bosley, Jr. reflects upon his legacy
  • Tape: 7 Story: 10 - The Honorable Freeman Bosley, Jr. talks about his daughter
  • Tape: 7 Story: 11 - The Honorable Freeman Bosley, Jr. describes how he would like to be remembered