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|Richard F. George was the son of nineteenth century economist and social philospher Henry
George (mostly remembered for his advocacy of of a single tax on land
and his book, Progress and Poverty.)
For Tom Johnson, Mayor of Cleveland, Richard George made a bronze
medallion that was presented to Johnson in New York at the Hotel Astor
by members of the Manhattan Single Tax Club. Likely it was the
influence of the medallion maker's father, Henry George, who arranged
for the commission. |
Henry George, a good friend of Johnson and one who was defeated by
Johnson for Mayor of Cleveland, was quoted at the meeting as predicting
that Tom Johnson would one day "be President of the United
States. . . .It is commonly recognized that Mr. Johnson is the
most democratic Democrat in the country. He is a sturdy fighter
against special privileges and before many years he will be in the
The medallion was described as "a large one, weighing about 250
pounds. On one side are profiles of Mr. Johnson and Henry George
and this quotation, 'The Truth that I have tried to make clear will
find friends---those who will toil for it, suffer for it, if need be
die for it. This is the power of Truth.' "
Henry George ran for mayor of New York City twice. He lost both times.
But he died four days before the second election. According the
Yahoo Image website, which has a photo of Richard George, if Henry
George had won in his second bid for mayor, then "the city would have
been ran by his son, Richard F George, who stood in for his dead
father". Richard George's older brother was Henry George, Jr. who
was a U.S. Congressman.
Richard also had two younger sisters: Jennie, who died at age 30, and
Anna, who was the mother of dancer and choreographer Agnes de Mille and
of acress Margaret George de Mille, who later changed her name to Peggy
George. In sum, Richard's older brother was a U.S. congressman,
one of his nieces was a dancer and choreographer, and another one of
his nieces was an actress.
Submitted by Jason Bessey
The New York Times, May 31, 1910
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|Born in San Francisco, CA in 1865, Richard George spent most of his
career in Brooklyn, New York. He died there of Bright's disease
on Sept. 28, 1912. |
His specialty was portrait busts, which included Wm Jennings Bryan and Tom L. Johnson, Mayor of Cleveland.
Edan Hughes, "Artists in California, 1786-1940"
American Art Annual 1913 (obituary); NY Times, 9-29-1912 (obituary).
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