Levitt, Arthur, 1900-1980
The Arthur Levitt Public Policy Center was established in 1980 to honor the memory of Arthur Levitt, Sr., who received an honorary degree from Hamilton in 1979.
Arthur Levitt was born 28 June, 1900, in Brooklyn, NY, and died in 1980. Levitt enlisted as a private in World War I prior to attending Columbia College, from which he graduated in 1921. After graduating from Columbia University Law School in 1924, Levitt became active in civic and charitable affairs in Brooklyn. He served in the United States Army again in World War II as a captain in the JAG Corps, and then continued his career as public servant when he served as on the New York State Board of Education from 1952-54. Levitt was elected to his first of six terms as New York State Comptroller in 1954, a position he held for 24 years. Hamilton College conferred an honorary degree on Levitt in 1979 and, after his death in 1980, the Levitt family donated funds to establish the Arthur Levitt Public Affairs Center at Hamilton College.