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  Low, Seth
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NameSeth Low
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Brooklyn, New York , United States
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Born January 18, 1850
DiedSeptember 17, 1916 (66 years)
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InfoA graduate and president of Columbia University, former Mayor of Brooklyn and life-long activist in progressive politics, Low was the first mayor to be elected on a fusion ticket with the backing of the Republican and Citizens Union parties. He delivered a brief speech upon taking the oath of office, vowing to "consecrate myself to the welfare of the people." In stark contrast to his predecessor, Low's administration was perceived as honest and competent. He is credited with introducing civil service and a merit system for hiring city employees, lowering taxes while streamlining government services, improving the school system, and greatly reducing graft in the police department. After his defeat in 1903, Low remained active in politics and labor issues, mediating many strikes. He believed in recognition for unions and the right of collective bargaining, although he favored arbitration over strikes. Low died on September 17, 1916 at his upstate New York home. Among his honorary pallbearers were J.P. Morgan and Samuel Gompers.

Vote totals for elections in which was nominated for the Hall of Fame for Great Americans (1900-1965): 1960-0.


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  01/16/1911 NY US Senate - R Caucus Lost 1.52% (-86.36%)
  11/03/1903 New York City Mayor Lost 42.52% (-10.58%)
  11/05/1901 New York City Mayor Won 51.24% (+5.46%)
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  11/06/1883 Brooklyn, NY Mayor Won 50.94% (+1.88%)
  11/08/1881 Brooklyn, NY Mayor Won 52.52% (+5.05%)
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