#Inthismonth in 1946, Lucius Littauer, who served as a Congressman for Saratoga (4 March 1897- 3 March 1907) was mentioned in the The Reporter, The Journal of Higher Education Jan 1936.
A gift of $2,000,000 for the establishment of a graduate school of administration is announced by Harvard. The Donor is Lucius N. Lattauer, a New York City manufacturer. Mr. Lattauer’s purpose in making the gift is the promotion of the “science and art of government administration,” and the improvement of “public administration – national, state, and local- for the welfare of out people.
But there is more to the story “In the early 20th century, the very idea of a professional public-service graduate school drew the ire of faculty stalwarts who’d already endured the establishment of the business school. College brass worried that such an enterprise, even more so than Harvard Business School, would dumb down their own scholarship. If not for an unprecedented $2 million donation—the largest from a single donor in the university’s history at that time—from a Harvard alum named Lucius Littauer during the height of the Depression, there may have never been a Harvard Kennedy School.Littauer, who’d made his fortune as a businessman after inheriting his father’s glove-making empire, had an ax to grind with the government. After serving five terms as a right-wing congressman from New York—and somehow managing to elude serving a jail sentence following a conviction for smuggling a diamond tiara into the country in 1914—Littauer emerged as an outspoken critic of DC, particularly the New Deal. Behind his record-setting gift to Harvard was an anti-government edict that today reads like a precursor to the Tea Party. Citing the “growing invasion of government into every aspect of our nation’s life,” Littauer offered his bequest as “the best hope of avoiding disasters arising from untried experiments in government and administration.” according to a Boston Magazine article (Feb 2017) http://www.bostonmagazine.com/news/article/2017/01/22/harvard-kennedy-school-america/
Lattauer was Saratoga’s Representative to Congress (4 March 1897- 3 March 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.