Henry George

Henry George

1839–1897

Nationality: American

Historical Period: The 19th Century

A prolific author who was a strong defender of free trade and an advocate of the idea of a single tax on land. George believed that a single tax on land would be sufficient to fund government activities. It would be based upon the unimproved value of the land. [The image comes from “The Warren J. Samuels Portrait Collection at Duke University.”]