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 Giles Franklin Filley

Giles Franklin Filley

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Death 27 Feb 1900 (aged 85)
Burial Saint Louis, St. Louis City, Missouri, USA
Plot Block 120
Memorial ID 23372 · View Source
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Giles owned a tinner shop in St. Louis with his brothers Oliver & Marcus. After deciding that the rich clay deposits in Missouri would make earthenware manufacturing profitable, Giles traveled to London to investigate the process. He returned to St. Louis with skilled workers & began manufacturing pottery. He later sold the business to his cousins Edward & Samuel Filley. Giles then rejoined Oliver & they began manufacturing cookstoves for the western market. After developing the Charter Oak model, the Excelsior Stove Company became one of the largest manufacturers of stoves in the United States. Giles served on the St. Louis County Board of Assessors, which extracted fines from pro-Confederate St. Louisans. He also helped to underwrite the publication of the Union newspaper, established during the Civil War in support of President Lincoln. However, he did not support the abolition of slavery & Filley became a leader in the conservative Claybank faction in Missouri.

Bio by: Connie Nisinger


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  • Added: 25 Jul 2001
  • Find A Grave Memorial 23372
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Giles Franklin Filley (15 Feb 1815–27 Feb 1900), Find A Grave Memorial no. 23372, citing Bellefontaine Cemetery, Saint Louis, St. Louis City, Missouri, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave (contributor 8) .