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Victor Hugo Friedman, 1878-1965

Title

Victor Hugo Friedman, 1878-1965

Subject

Philanthropist
University of Alabama
Businessmen

Description

Hugo Friedman, a native of Tuscaloosa and a local philanthropist, was born October 13, 1878. He played football, baseball, and tennis at the University of Alabama from 1894-1897. He graduated with a degree in Civil Engineering but after two years as an engineer he went into the cotton business.

He was a charter member of the Tuscaloosa Rotary Club and was also a supporter of the Red Cross. During World War I he spent 12 months doing that work with Italian troops in the Alps.

In 1955 he made a gift to Tuscaloosa that provided a home for the library and land for a YMCA building. The YMCA purchased the Burchfield home (Jemison Van De Graaff mansion) for $70,000 which was then exchanged for the north half of the block where the Battle-Friedman home is located. Friedman then deeded the Burchfield home to the county to be used as the public library to be called the Friedman Library.

He left the Battle-Friedman House to the City of Tuscaloosa in his will. The City of Tuscaloosa received the house in 1965, however the house is currently operated by the Tuscaloosa County Preservation Society.

Source

Tuscaloosa News Archive

Date

1955

Contributor

Elizabeth Bradt (Description)

Type

Photograph

Identifier

214

Coverage

Tuscaloosa (AL)

Original Format

Photograph

Physical Dimensions

8 inches x 10 inches