The Courthouse

The Thomas F. Eagleton U.S. Courthouse is located in downtown St. Louis, Missouri.


ho was Thomas F. Eagleton?  The Thomas F. Eagleton U.S. Courthouse is dedicated in honor of former U.S. Senator Thomas F. Eagleton for his distinguished service to his community, state and nation.  Born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri, Senator Eagleton served in the U.S. Navy prior to entering law practice and beginning his political career.  He served in several elected positions in St. Louis and the state of Missouri, including Circuit Attorney of the City of St. Louis, Attorney General for Missouri, and Lieutenant Governor for Missouri.

In 1968, Senator Eagleton was elected to the first of three terms in the U.S. Senate, where he won recognition for his work in foreign relations through the Eagleton Amendment to cut off funding for the bombing of Cambodia, which effectively ended U.S. involvement in the Vietnam War.  He also co-authored the Clean Air Act of 1970, and the Clean Water Act of 1972.  He was co-author for the legislation creating Pell Grants for college students as well.

After his retirement, Senator Eagleton practiced law in St. Louis, and was a professor at Washington University, Saint Louis University, Webster University and Rockhurst College.  He also led the effort to bring the Rams football team to St. Louis.  Senator Eagleton was present at the courthouse dedication in his honor on September 11, 2000, and had this to say;

“More important than the building is what goes on inside the building.”

Senator Eagleton remained active in civic affairs until his death in March, 2007.


For more information on the Thomas F. Eagleton Courthouse visit the The U.S. General Services Administration here.