Victor Hugo Friedman, 1878-1965

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Title

Victor Hugo Friedman, 1878-1965

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.

Subject

Philanthropist

University of Alabama

Businessmen

Coverage

Tuscaloosa (AL)

Date

1955

Source

Tuscaloosa News Archive

Contributor

Elizabeth Bradt (Description)

Type

Photograph

Identifier

214

Still Image Item Type Metadata

Original Format

Photograph

Physical Dimensions

8 inches x 10 inches
Date Added
February 2, 2012
Collection
People of Interest
Item Type
Still Image
Citation
“Victor Hugo Friedman, 1878-1965,” Tuscaloosa Area Virtual Museum, accessed July 24, 2014, http://tavm.omeka.net/items/show/214.
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