Leo Stanton Rowe

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Leo Stanton Rowe
Leo Stanton Rowe in 1917.jpg
Rowe in 1917
United States Assistant Secretary of the Treasury
In office
Director General of the Pan-American Union
In office
Personal details
Born(1871-09-17)September 17, 1871
McGregor, Iowa
DiedDecember 5, 1946(1946-12-05) (aged 75)
Washington, DC

Leo Stanton Rowe (September 17, 1871 – December 5, 1946) was the director general of the Pan-American Union from 1920 to 1946.[1]


He was born on September 17, 1871 in McGregor, Iowa to Louis Rowe and Catherine Raff. His family moved to Philadelphia and he attended high school and graduated in 1887. He attended the University of Pennsylvania and graduated with a Bachelor of Philosophy degree in 1890. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Halle in 1893. He received his J.D. from the University of Pennsylvania Law School in 1895.

He taught political science at the University of Pennsylvania from 1896 to 1917.

He was United States Assistant Secretary of the Treasury from 1917 to 1919.[2][3] He was the director general of the Pan-American Union from 1920 to 1946. He died on December 5, 1946 in Washington, DC.[4]

A now-digitized transcript at the University of Pennsylvania shows that the suffragist, feminist, and women's rights activist, Alice Paul, was one of his students, in the class he offered on Municipal Government and Institutions in the United States and Latin America.[5]


  • The United States and Porto Rico: With Special Reference to the Problems Arising Out of Our Contact with the Spanish-American Civilization. Longmans, Green, and Company. 1904.
  • Rowe, L. S. (1908). The Problems of City Government.
  • Rowe, L. S. (1912). "The Mexican Revolution: Its Causes and Consequences". Political Science Quarterly. 27 (2): 281–297. doi:10.2307/2141244. ISSN 0032-3195.
  • Rowe, L. S. (1921). The Federal System of the Argentine Republic.


  1. ^ "A Friend Of The Americas". New York Times. September 18, 1945. Retrieved June 8, 2015.
  2. ^ "Rowe, Leo Stanton". The Cambridge Dictionary of American Biography. Retrieved October 6, 2015.
  3. ^ "Rowe, Leo Stanton". Encyclopaedia Judaica. Gale Group.
  4. ^ "Leo S. Rowe". New York Times. December 7, 1946. Retrieved October 7, 2015.
  5. ^ University of Pennsylvania, University Archives & Records Center (1912). "Transcript Record of Alice Paul, 1912". Retrieved November 15, 2020.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)