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 Richard F. George  (1865 - 1912)

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Lived/Active: New York/California      Known for: portrait bust sculpture, medallic art

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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 front rank."

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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