Don Lathrop Love

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Don Lathrop Love was mayor of Lincoln, Nebraska in two non-consecutive terms, 1909–11 and 1929-31.[1] He was born in Janesville, Wisconsin, on March 7, 1863,[2] and died in Lincoln on September 12, 1940.

He married Julia Larrabee,[3] daughter of Iowa governor William Larrabee on August 18, 1891. Though childless, they adopted an orphan boy, Charles Burton Robbins whom they raised as their own son. He is buried with his wife in God's Acre Cemetery in Clermont, Iowa.

Love is now remembered in Lincoln for his gifts to higher education:

  • In 1939, Love donated money to Union College (Nebraska) to build an industrial building on campus and established a life annuity with the college a year later in 1940, two weeks before his death, that paid for the expansion of the Love Building to house a broom shop and a furniture factory. The Don Love Building at Union College has since been renovated and now houses the Ella Johnston Crandall Library, Campus Store, Career Center, Student Center, Teaching Leaning Center and AdventSource.
  • A posthumous gift in 1941 built the original university library of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, and the Love Library, is named for him.
Preceded by
Francis W. Brown
Mayor of Lincoln
1909 - 1911
Succeeded by
Alvin H. Armstrong
Preceded by
Verne Hedge
Mayor of Lincoln
1929 - 1931
Succeeded by
Frank Connell Zehrung