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Lawrence K. Roos Papers, approximately 1962-1974

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Identifier: A1320

Title: Lawrence K. Roos Papers, approximately 1962-1974


Lawrence K. Roos was born in St. Louis on February 1, 1918. He graduated from St. Louis Country Day School in 1936 and from Yale University in 1940. After serving in the U.S. Army from 1941 to 1945, he worked for Westheimer and Co., a St. Louis advertising and public relations firm. In 1946, he was elected to the Missouri legislature, and re-elected in 1948. From 1950 to 1955, he served as the executive vice-president of the Mound City Trust Company. In 1962, Roos was elected St. Louis County supervisor, a position which he held for three consecutive terms. Roos' administration brought numerous changes to the county and its governing organization, including home rule, improved infrastructure and police training, and the addition of several county parks. After his political tenure, Roos was elected executive vice-president and a director of First National Bank of St. Louis. Among his various civic and political positions, Roos served as the chairman of the East-West Gateway Coordinating Council, a member of the executive committee of the Regional Industrial Development Corporation, a presidential appointee on the U.S. Advisory Commission on Intergovernmental Relations, director and member of the Greater St. Louis United Fund, and president of the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis. In 1967 and 1968, Roos was nominated for the St. Louis Award, and in 1974, the St. Louis Globe-Democrat named him Man of the Year.

Papers consist of personal correspondence, campaign records, general office files, scrapbooks, logbooks, and newsclippings collected during Roos' 12 years as St. Louis County supervisor.

Finding aid available.

165 boxes

Cite as: Lawrence K. Roos Papers, Missouri History Museum Archives, St. Louis.

Rights: UND


Dates: 1962-1974

Type(s): Documentary Artifacts




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