Cyrus P. Walbridge

 

Cyrus P. Walbridge

Term: 1893 - 1897
Party: Republican
Born: 1849
Madrid, New York
Died: 1921
St. Louis, Missouri
 
Cyrus P. Walbridge (Mayor 1893-1897)-Background
Mayor (1893-1897). Cyrus P. Walbridge was born at Madrid, New York on July 20, 1849. His parents moved to northern Illinois in 1854 and he started his schooling there. The family moved to Northfield, Minnesota in 1861 and he attended Carlton College. Walbrdige worked his way through the law school of the University of Minnesota by teaching school and working as a carpenter. In 1879 he married Miss Lizzie Merrell. They had one son.

Cyrus Walbridge came to St. Louis in 1876 to practice law. The J.S. Merrell Drug Company gave him its legal business and he later became president of the company.

From 1881 to 1883 Walbridge was elected President of the City Council, as a Republican. Walbridge held this office until April of 1893 when he was elected Mayor.

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Cyrus P. Walbridge (Mayor 1893-1897)-Administration
In 1893 Cyrus P. Walbridge became the thirty-second Mayor of St. Louis.

Mr. Walbridge was the first Mayor of St. Louis to appoint women to offices in the government. Women became members of the Public Library Board, the Board of Charity Commissioners and the House of Refuge Board. During his administration the Public School Library became the free Public Library administered by a separate Board of Directors.

Mayor Walbridge approved a detailed Ordinance regulating the collection and disposal of garbage. He approved the removal of all telephone and telegraph poles, and the placing of the wires underground, in the downtown district as far west as Twenty-Second Street. In other activities during Walbridges' administration the new Baden pumping station was almost completed and the office of License Collector was created to issue all licenses required by City Ordinance. A Charter Commission, created by Ordinance in 1895, made proposals for constructive reforms in city government, among which was a recommendation for a merit system for selection of City employees.

On May 27, 1896, St. Louis experienced its first great tornado. The City Hospital was the most heavily damaged of City institutions. An emergency Ordinance of June 22, 1896, provided for leasing the House of Good Shepherd at Seventhteenth and Pine Streets as a temporary Hospital.

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Cyrus P. Walbridge (Mayor 1893-1897)-Post-Administration
In 1904 Cyrus P. Walbridge was made president of the Bell Telephone Company of Missouri. He served as president of the National Wholesale Druggists Association. He headed the Businessmens' League of St. Louis.

Cyrus P. Walbridge died May 1, 1921. Burial was in Bellefontaine Cemetery.

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