#Onthisday in 1859, Congressman Littauer was born.
In 1902 the Schuylerville Standard endorsed him saying. “The time is rapidly approaching when a new Congress is to be elected. This district has been altered since the last election so that it now includes the counties of Saratoga, Montgomery, Fulton, Hamilton and Warren. Among the late Congressman few were more prominent and successful in the dispatch of business, than Hon. L. N. Littauer, of Gloversyille, who represented us and who is once more a candidate for nomination. A man of the highest executive ability, clean cut and straightforward in his methods, he has become a close friend of President Roosevelt, and has been entrusted by him with the management in Congress of many questions of importance to the country. No constituent who has ever asked information or assistance but has received a prompt reply and such aid as was possible. Probably no district in the country has received a better business service than ours. Mr. Littauer will undoubtedly receive the hearty support of our county and be renominated and elected.”
Lattauer was Saratoga’s Representative to Congress (March 4, 1897-March 3, 1907). He was born in Gloversville, Fulton County, NY on 20 January 1859. He graduated from Harvard University in 1878 and engaged in the manufacture of gloves in Gloversville. He was an officer and director of many commercial and financial institutions including the Adirondack Trust Company. He served as regent of the University of the State of New York from 1912-1914. After retirement he devoted his energies to education, medical research, and philanthropic work. He died at his country home near New Rochelle, N.Y., on 2 March 1944.
In 1901, Littauer traveled to Schuylerville with a group of fiscal experts on a tour of inspection of the Hudson Valley Railway Company. On this trip, was Congressman James Sherman (24 October 1855 – 30 October 1912), who went on to become the 27th Vice President of the United States (1909–12), and banker Benjamin Strong, Jr. (22 December 1872 – 16 October 1928), who went on to be the first Governor of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York.
Saratoga has been defined by the people who by choice or by chance make up this community. There are many individuals like Lucius Nathan Littauer that help define this country and our region. It is the determination of our forefathers, in surmounting overwhelming odds that help define the American spirit – the will and ability to shape a better future. It is the people it is that define this community by choice or by chance have changed this country and even the world political development. That is why studying the people of Saratoga is integral to a good understanding of the condition of being human.