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Lawrence K. Roos
3rd County Executive of St. Louis County

In office
Preceded by James H. J. McNary
Succeeded by Gene McNary
Personal details
Born February 1, 1918
St. Louis, Missouri
Died September 23, 2005(2005-09-23) (aged 87)
St. Louis, Missouri
Political party Republican

Lawrence Kalter Roos (February 1, 1918 – September 23, 2005) was a banker and Republican politician from Missouri.[1]

Early life[]

Lawrence K. Roos was born in St. Louis, Missouri on February 1, 1918. He attended Yale University, graduating in 1940, and served in the United States Army from 1941 to 1945.[2] In the army, he served in the European Theatre, rising to the rank of major; he was awarded with a bronze star and five battle stars.[3] After World War II, he worked in St. Louis for an advertising and public relations firm.[2]

Public career[]

Lawrence K. Roos was first elected to public office in 1946, serving two terms (1947-1951) in the Missouri House of Representatives.[2]

After several years out of politics, he was elected as St. Louis County Supervisor (now known as "St. Louis County Executive") in 1962. He would remain as county executive for three terms (1963-1975).[2] While serving as county executive, he was the Republican nominee for Governor of Missouri in 1968. Although he won the Republican primary easily,[4] he lost the general election to incumbent governor, Warren E. Hearnes by a margin of 61-39%.[5]

Following his three terms as county executive, Lawrence Roos was appointed first as vice president of the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis, and then on March 5, 1976, President of the Bank.[6] He would serve as President of the Bank from March 1976 to January 31, 1983.[7]


Lawrence Roos died from stomach cancer in Barnes-Jewish Hospital in St. Louis on September 23, 2005 at the age of 87.[8] The St. Louis County administrative office building in Clayton was named the "Lawrence K. Roos Government Building" in his honor.[3][9]


  1. "Candidate - Lawrence K. Roos". Our Campaigns. Retrieved 2013-02-13. 
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 "Roos, Lawrence K. (1918- ). Papers (circa 1962-1974.)". 1918-02-01. Retrieved 2013-02-13. 
  3. 3.0 3.1 "Lawrence Kalter Roos (1918 - 2005) - Find A Grave Memorial". Retrieved 2013-02-13. 
  4. "MO Governor - R Primary Race - Aug 06, 1968". Our Campaigns. Retrieved 2013-02-13. 
  5. "MO Governor Race - Nov 05, 1968". Our Campaigns. Retrieved 2013-02-13. 
  6. "People and Business; St. Louis Reserve Bank Appoints New President". 5 March 1976. Retrieved 13 February 2013. 
  7. "Statements and Speeches of Lawrence K. Roos - FRASER". Retrieved 2014-10-16. 
  8. "Roos was county's "prime mover" Lawrence K. Roos / 1918-2005.(Metro)(Obituary) | HighBeam Business: Arrive Prepared". 2005-09-25. Retrieved 2013-02-13. 
  9. Birt, Nate. "Lawrence K. Roos Government Building - Clayton-Richmond Heights, MO Patch". Retrieved 2013-02-13. 

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Political offices
Preceded by
James H. J. McNary
County Executive of St. Louis County
Succeeded by
Gene McNary
Party political offices
Preceded by
Ethan A.H. Shepley
Republican nominee for Governor of Missouri
1968 (lost)
Succeeded by
Kit Bond

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