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The Littlefield Memorial Fountain testifies to George W. Littlefield’s legacy at the University of Texas–Austin. (Photo by Stan A. Williams)

University of Texas officials floated a proposal in late 2011 to move the UT System offices from five downtown-Austin buildings to a spectacular, waterfront site a few miles away, resurfacing the battle between two UT regents who have been dead for decades.

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Littlefield spent a fortune renovating the Driskill Hotel before selling it at a loss eight years later. Today, it's one of Austin's most elegant hotels. (Photo by J. Griffis Smith)

Austin boasts several Littlefield-related structures, notably The Driskill Hotel, at 604 Brazos Street; the Littlefield House, at 24th Street and Whitis Avenue (on the University of Texas campus), and the Littlefield Building, at 106 E. 6th Street.

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The inscription on a memorial to George Washington Littlefield in the West Texas town that bears his surname describes him as a “pioneer plainsman, soldier and state benefactor.” In fact, he was a great deal more. Cattle baron, banking magnate, builder, and philanthropist, Littlefield (1842-1920) was the consummate Texan. In the 1943 biography George W. Littlefield, Texan, author J. Evetts Haley described him as “an intent, practical man, of driving and determined purpose … but most of all he was an unreconstructed rebel who never forgot that his deepest love was for the South.”

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