Low, Seth

1st President of Columbia University, reformist 2nd Mayor of New York City

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(1850-1916) Successful businessman, twice elected mayor of Brooklyn (1881-85) where he developed a reputation for honesty and efficiency. President of Columbia College (1890-1901), paid for new buildings (in 1895 gave $1M for Low Memorial Library on the campus), supported higher education for women, led move from midtown Manhattan to Morningside Heights, and secured trustee approval to change name to "Columbia University". He was a US delegate to the 1899 International Peace Conference at The Hague. With support of the Society for the Prevention of Crime, led campaign against corruption in New York City and became 2nd mayor of the city in 1901 on a fusion ticket with support of the Citizens Union and Republican parties, defeating Richard Croker and the Tammany machine. As Mayor (1901-03) introduced civil service merit system for hiring municipal employees, reduced graft within the police department, improved educational system and lowered taxes, but defeated in 1903 by George B. McClellan, Jr. Chairman of the Tuskegee Institute in Alabama (1907-1916). ALS, 2½pp on folded 8 ¼ x 5 "Broad Brook Farm" letterhead, Bedford Hills, NY, August 3 1916, to nephew Jay Pierrepont Moffat. Low thanks his nephew for an unexpected letter. Low replies concerns his health, inquiry as to Moffat’s brother’s health, and is glad Moffat is studying Spanish, as it is “…quite clear that many careers will lie open in this country to men of character who are masters of that language.” With hand-addressed envelope. Low died September 17th.

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