Henry George

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Henry George was an American writer, politician and political economist, who was the most influential proponent of the land value tax, also known as the "single tax" on land.

Detail (Background)

George was born in Philadelphia to a lower-middle-class family, the second of ten children of Richard S. H. George and Catharine Pratt (Vallance) George. His father was a publisher of religious texts and sent George to the Academy in Philadelphia.

Detail (Fun fact)

He supported the Irish Land League and various economic and political reforms.

Detail (Significance)

Henry George's ideas have influenced economic and social thought for more than 120 years.