The Encyclopedia Americana (1920)/Filley, Chauncey Ives

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FILLEY, Chauncey Ives, American politician: b. Lansingburg, N. Y., 17 Oct. 1829. He received a private and academic education and entered commercial life as a clerk. He designed and controlled his own pottery patterns and became the largest importer and distributor of queensware in the Mississippi Valley. He became interested in politics and was a delegate to the Republican National Conventions from 1864 to 1896 and was a member of the National Committee of his party in 1876-92. In 1863-65 he was mayor of Saint Louis and was a member of the convention which abolished slavery in that State. In 1873-78 he was postmaster of Saint Louis. He did much to improve the politics of his city and State.