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Seth Low - Early Life, Mayor of Brooklyn, Presidency of Columbia University, International Peace Conference

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College president and merchant, born in Brooklyn, New York, USA. A successful merchant, he developed public schools and transportation and a permanent civil service as mayor of Brooklyn (1881–6) and New York City (1901–3). As president of Columbia College (later University) (1890–1901) he bought the Morningside Heights site. Columbia's Low Library is named after him.

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