Mayor (1993-1997). Freeman R. Bosley Jr. was born in St. Louis, Missouri on July 20, 1954. Bosley graduated from Central High School in 1972 and went on to attend St. Louis University and St. Louis University Law School. He graduated from St. Louis University in 1976 with two undergraduate degrees, a B.A. in Urban Affairs and a B.A. in Political Science. He received his Juris Doctorate from St. Louis University Law School in 1979. While a student at St. Louis University, Bosley was president of the Black Student Alliance and the Black-American Law students Association.
Upon graduation from law school, Bosley was staff attorney for Legal Services of Eastern Missouri, specializing in Consumer Affairs and Utility Companies. Bosley has also been employed by the law firm of Boast and Jordan. Bosley then went on to become the first African-American St. Louis Circuit Clerk for the 22nd Judicial Circuit - a position he has held for the last ten years. He served as the 3rd Ward Democratic Committeeman, chairman of the St. Louis City Democratic Central Association, and the first African-American chairman of the Democratic party.
Bosley comes from a politically active family. His grandfather, Preston Bosley, was the son of a slave who moved to St. Louis from Little Rock, Arkansas. Preston Bosley was responsible for establishing the Yeatman Community Development Corp. and Yeatman Community Health Center. Bosley's father Freem R. Bosley, Sr. is a city alderman from the 3rd Ward. Bosley married Darlynn Cunningham Bosley. They have a daughter, Sidney Cunningham Bosley.