Jordan W. Chambers

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Born1896
Died1962
NationalityAmerican
CitizenshipUnited States of America
OccupationPolitician

Jordan W. Chambers (1896-1962) was a prominent politician in St. Louis, Missouri.[1] He is credited with organizing precinct captains in the well-known Ward 19 to ensure that all in his ward got out to vote. He is also credited with organizing the Young Democratic Club.[2] A park[3] and post office in St. Louis is named after Chambers in honor of his civil service.[4] He often was known as the "negro mayor of St. Louis."[5]

History

Chambers was the owner of the Peoples Undertaking Company in St. Louis, next to the St. Louis political headquarters. In 1963 he was elected Constable and Democratic Committeeman of the 19th Ward, making him the first Black Committeeman in St. Louis history. He was instrumental in get the Black vote for Harry S. Truman for president.[6] Chambers worked to improve the lives for Blacks & was influential in getting integration of the Circuit Court & the St. Louis Housing Authority. He owned Club Riviera, a prominent meeting place for many entertainment stars and politicians. He continued to work for civil rights until he died, and Governor John Dalton gave his eulogy at Chamber's funeral. John F. Kennedy and Vice President Johnson also relayed condolence.[7]

References

  1. Welek, Mary (1972). "Jordan Chambers: Black Politician and Boss". The Journal of Negro History. 57 (4): 352–369. doi:10.2307/2716981. ISSN 0022-2992.
  2. "Jordan Chambers". STLtoday.com. Retrieved 2021-09-21.
  3. Cardinal, Jordan Chambers Park Intersection of North; Louis, North Compton Saint; States 38.641270, Missouri 63106 United; Maps, -90 223031 See map: Google. "Jordan Chambers Park". recplanet.com. Retrieved 2021-09-21.
  4. "Jordan W Chambers Post Office (in St. Louis (city) County, MO)". missouri.hometownlocator.com. Retrieved 2021-09-21.
  5. "Jordan Chambers". STLtoday.com. Retrieved 2021-09-21.
  6. Welek, Mary. "Jordan Chambers: Black Politician and Boss". The Journal of Negro History. 57 (4): 352–369. doi:10.2307/2716981. ISSN 0022-2992.
  7. "Jordan W. Chambers (1896-1962), a prominent black civic leader". City of St Louis.

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