About Sharon Quigley Carpenter
St. Louis City Recorder of Deeds and Vital Records Registrar
As St. Louis City Recorder of
Deeds, an elected statutory county office, Sharon Quigley Carpenter is administrator of St. Louis City's library of public records on the nearly 250-year history of the people and property of St. Louis.
She is responsible for land deed and military discharge recordation, marriage license issuance, document preservation, and public access to records dating 1765 to present.
As Vital Records Registrar, an appointed statutory county office under the Missouri Department of Health, she administers a copy center for birth and death records for St. Louis City as well as Missouri's other 114 counties.
Mary Sharon Quigley was born in St. Louis City in 1941 to Robert J. and Veronica M. (nee Gallagher) Quigley, the eldest of four children. She has resided her entire life in the City's 23rd Ward, growing up in the Clifton Heights Neighborhood and raising her children in the Lindenwood Park Neighborhood. She graduated from Epiphany Grade School in 1955 and from Bishop DuBourg High School in 1959. After attending Harris Stowe Teachers College, she taught social studies in Catholic schools.
In 1964, Sharon Quigley ran and won a contested race for 23rd Ward Democratic Committeewoman.
In 1965, Robert "Bob" Carpenter, Jr. returned to St. Louis from four years service in Germany with the U.S. Army Security Agency (the Army's electronic intelligence branch). He met and courted Sharon Quigley and they married in 1967.
In 1968, she was re-elected 23rd Ward Democratic Committeewoman, this time under the name Sharon Quigley Carpenter.
1969-1977, Sharon Quigley and Bob Carpenter were blessed with two daughters and a son. Daughter Margaret "Maggie" Foley Carpenter married Jeff Masek and they have two children, Addison Malle Masek and David Quigley Masek. Son John McDermott Carpenter married Sarah Halvachs and they have two children, Quinn Vecci Carpenter and Brady McDermott Carpenter. Daughter Bridget Gallagher Carpenter married Tim Forbes and they have four children, Alyssa McKenzie Forbes, Taylor McGuire Forbes, Kelly O'Connor Forbes, and Brendan Timothy Forbes.
In 1972 and 1976, Sharon Quigley Carpenter was re-elected 23rd Ward Democratic Committeewoman.
In 1975 she went to work at City Hall for Paul Simon, President, Board of Aldermen (later Missouri Court of Appeals Judge).
Spring 1980, Missouri Governor Joseph Teasdale appointed Sharon Quigley Carpenter to fill the vacancy caused by the death of Recorder of Deeds William Schulze. She won a special election to fill out the term. Missouri law on county office vacancies has since been changed. The City's Mayor has authority to fill a Recorder vacancy.
Also in 1980, she was reelected Democratic Committeewoman; was a delegate to the Democratic National Convention in New York, which nominated President Jimmy Carter and Vice-President Walter Mondale; and Governor Teasdale appointed her to the Missouri Reapportionment Commission.
Soon after her Recorder appointment, she applied for a technology grant to fund an electronic data system for land records indexing. By 1981, the system was in place, the first of its kind in Missouri.
In 1982, she was elected to her first four-year term as Recorder. In 1984, she was re-elected 23rd Ward Democratic Committeewoman and was a delegate to the Democratic National Convention in San Francisco, which nominated former Vice President Walter Mondale for President and U.S. Congresswoman Geraldine Ferraro for Vice President.
Spring 1986, Recorder Sharon Quigley Carpenter was elected President of the Recorders Association of Missouri, an organization for which she was a founding member. Fall 1986, she became the first woman to chair the St. Louis City Democratic Central Committee and she was re-elected Recorder.
In 1988, she was re-elected 23rd Ward Democratic Committeewoman; chaired the Missouri Democratic Party's Delegate Selection Affirmative Action Committee; and was a delegate to the Democratic National Convention in Atlanta, which nominated Massachusetts Governor Michael Dukakis and Texas U.S. Senator Lloyd Bentsen.
1990 was a busy year for Sharon Quigley Carpenter. She established an Archives Department, the first of its kind among Missouri's Recorders, to assist genealogists and researchers and preserve the office's oldest records. She was re-elected Recorder of Deeds. She was appointed to the Missouri Reapportionment Commission by Governor John Ashcroft. She helped established the Board of Directors for the Maria Droste Residence, a women's shelter managed by the Sisters of Good Shepherd, and was founding Board Chair. She served on the charity's Board until 2009.
In 1992, she was re-elected 23rd Ward Democratic Committeewoman and was a Presidential Elector (Electoral College) for the election of President Bill Clinton from the 3rd Congressional District.
In 1994 and 1998, Sharon Quigley Carpenter was re-elected Recorder of Deeds. In 1996, she was appointed by Governor Bob Holden to the Missouri Commission on Intergovernmental Relations, which she served on until 2001.
1996, 2000, 2004, and 2008, she was re-elected 23rd Ward Democratic Committeewoman. 2000-2004 she was a Democratic National Committeewoman. 1999-2004, she chaired the Missouri Democratic Party's 3rd Congressional District Committee.
2002, she was re-elected Recorder of Deeds and also became Vital Records Registrar. She had worked with Missouri State Senator Harry Kennedy, Mayor Francis G. Slay, and Comptroller Darlene Green to pass and implement state legislation consolidating the City Health Department's Vital Records Bureau (Birth & Death Records) with the Recorder's Office. It is the only consolidated Recorder and Registrar office in Missouri, the only county office in the state able to provide one stop shopping for land, marriage, birth and death record services.
A leader in recording technology, in 2004, the St. Louis City Recorder and Boone County Recorder became the first in Missouri to accept e-Recordings, electronically filed documents. Today, most recordings in her office are filed electronically.
She was re-elected Recorder in 2006 and 2010.