Yes, it is true. Read Lion of the Valley by James Neal Primm for reference. Francis also was the key organizer of the St. Louis World's Fair. There is a Francis Field names after him at Washington U.
There's also a great park in St. Louis Hills built on land donated for the purpose by Mayor Francis.PE
Also Ambassador to Russia.
Thanks for the facts, readers.You probably know that the voice of my post was most coy.
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