September 27 – Happy Birthday Sam Stratton

Samuel_S._Stratton_94th_Congress_1975As each year passes, the memory of the strong political legacy established by todays Amsterdam Birthday Celebrant continues to fade but make no mistake about it Sam Stratton was a powerful political force in his day. He represented the City of Amsterdam as a conservative Democrat in the House of Representatives for 30 consecutive years, from 1959 until illness forced him from office. His seniority made him a ranking member of the House Armed Services Committee and from that perch he was able to get loads of dollars from the US defense budget earmarked for Capitol District expenditure. He probably was personally responsible for keeping the Watervliet Arsenal operating the last fifteen years of its existence and the dollars he steered to GE helped maintain employment levels at that company’s Schenectady facilities for at least a generation.

Stratton was born in Yonkers, NY on September 27, 1916 and moved up to Schenectady with his family as a young boy…

You can read the rest of my story about this long-time Amsterdam Congressman in my new book “A Year’s Worth of Amsterdam Birthdays.” To order your copy, click here.

 

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