Daniel D. Page

 

Daniel D. Page

Term: 1829 - 1833
Party: Whig
Born: March 5, 1790
Parsonfield, York County, Maine
Died: April 25, 1869
Washington, D.C.
 
Daniel D. Page (Mayor 1829-1833)-Background
Mayor (1829-1833). Daniel D. Page was born in Parsonsfield, York County, Maine on March 5, 1790. He had but little formal education. While still in Maine, Page learned the merchandising business working in a general store at Portland. After becoming a baker by trade, he opened a shop in Boston. There he met and married Miss Deborah Young. Following his marriage, he went to New Orleans and entered the tobacco trading business. The climate did not agree with his wife's health and they came to St. Louis in 1818. Here he opened a business as a merchant and baker.

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Daniel D. Page (Mayor 1829-1833)-Administration
In 1829 Daniel D. Page became the second Mayor of St. Louis.

He served four consecutive one-year terms. The present Seventh Street was then the western City boundary line. Fourth Street was surveyed and graded during his administration. Third Street was widened, graded, and paved. The cholera disease broke out at Jefferson Barracks and was communicated to the town, but this time it was soon stamped out.

During Daniel Page's administration a Night Watch was established for the protection of the citizens. Heavy fines were imposed for operating gambling and disorderly houses. Several types of businesses were made subject to license regulations. Registration of all carts and drays was required. Small pox vaccination procedures were set up under the direction of the Health Officer. Inspection of flour, beef and pork was required.

Street cleaning and refuse collection started at this time. The Mayor was authorized by City Ordinance to purchase two strong, water-tight, one-horse carts to be used for cleaning the streets. Two men were employed from the first of May to the first of October to haul away all kinds of filth and dirt from the streets. They also hauled away the garbage from kitchens daily.

In 1831 the City's part in a joint Waterworks venture was provided for. It was financed both publicly and privately and operated by a private company. $25,000 was borrowed by the City to start construction.

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Daniel D. Page (Mayor 1829-1833)-Post-Administration
After completion of his last term as Mayor, Daniel D. Page continued in private business. Erection of the first steam flour mill in the City was one of his ventures. Like other early Mayors, he was interested in bringing railroads to St. Louis. Page helped in their development throughout the Mississippi Valley. He was one of the incorporators of the Pacific Railroad and the Boatman's Saving Institution. He helped with finances of the Ohio and Mississippi Railroad. In 1848 Page established the Page and Bacon Bank with his son-in-law, Henry Bacon.

Daniel D. Page died in Washington, D.C. on April 25, 1869. He was buried in Bellefontaine Cemetery, St. Louis (Missouri).

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