Chauncey I. Filley

 

Chauncey I. Filley

Term: 1863 - 1864
Party: Republican
Born: October 17, 1829
Lansingburg, New York
Died: September 24, 1923
Overland, Missouri
 
Chauncey I. Filley (Mayor 1863-1864)-Background
Mayor (1863-1864). Chauncey I. Filley was born in Lansingburg, New York on October 17, 1829. He had an academic education and attended law school in Saratoga County, New York, for two years. In 1850 Filley came to St. Louis as a clerk in the chinaware business of his close relatives, E.A. and S.R. Filley. Five years later he was made a partner in the company. Filley married Miss Anna Adams of Lansingburg, New York, in 1855.

Chauncey Filley's family had been Democrats but he supported Whig and Republican candidates in most elections. During the Civil War Chauncey Filley was a strong unionist. He attended the Republication National Convention which nominated Abraham Lincoln for President in 1860. Filley served as a delegate to the convention that renominated Lincoln at Baltimore in 1864. The local Republication-Emancipation Convention nominated him for Mayor in 1863 and Filley was elected.

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Chauncey I. Filley (Mayor 1863-1864)-Administration
In 1863 Chauncey I. Filley became the twenty-second Mayor of St. Louis.

Mr. Filley was able to serve only one year of his two year term as Mayor. In April of 1864 he found it necessary to resign because of ill health.

Some progress was made during the one year Filley headed the city government inspite of the problems created by the Civil War. Evidence of some revival in industry and trade was shown in Filley's message to the City Council in 1863. The receipts from merchants' licenses and real estate taxes had increased in the previous six months. He directed the continuing development of the City's Sewer System. Special Sewer Districts were being created to expand the program. The developing city government was expanding its inspection services. The office of Inspector of Vehicles was created to supervise compliance with City licensing of vehicles for hire.

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Chauncey I. Filley (Mayor 1863-1864)-Post-Administration
Chauncey I. Filley continued to be active in Republican politics for many years following his illness that required him to resign from City Hall. In 1868 he was elector on the Ulysses S. Grant Presidential ticket. From 1868 until 1892 he was a delegate to every Republican National Convention. Also in 1868 Filley became a member of the Missouri Republican Party Central Committee. He held the Republican state chairmanship during most of the years between 1876 and 1898. He was MissouriĘs representative on the Republican National Committee from 1876 to 1892.

Chauncey I. Filley died at Overland, Missouri, September 24, 1923, at the age of 93. Interment was in Bellefontaine Cemetery.

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