Harry Browne

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Harry Browne
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Personal Details
Birth: June 17, 1933
New York City, New York, USA
Death: March 1, 2006(2006-03-01) (aged 72)
Franklin, Tennessee, USA
Occupation: Writer
Party: Libertarian Party
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Harry Browne (June 17, 1933 - March 1, 2006) was a free-market Libertarian writer and investment analyst.

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Harry Browne was born in New York City to Bradford and Cecil Margaret Browne and resided in Franklin, Tennessee at the time of his death from ALS.

Browne was the presidential candidate of the Libertarian Party in 1996 and 2000. Other candidates for nomination included Don Gorman, Barry Hess, and David Hollist. He was on the ballot in 49 states, with an alternate Libertarian presidential candidate on the ballot in Arizona, L. Niel Smith.

He was an investment advisor for thirty years and was Director of Public Policy for the libertarian Downsize DC Foundation.

Harry Browne came to prominence in 1970 with his first book, How You Can Profit From The Coming Devaluation, which correctly predicted the devaluation of the dollar and subsequent inflation. Browne's second book was 1973's How I Found Freedom In An Unfree World, which focused on maximizing personal liberty. This book became an instant classic in Libertarian circles. You Can Profit from a Monetary Crisis (1974) was Browne's third book and reached #1 on the New York Times bestseller list. He continued to author books and articles on investing through the late 1990s.

Claims of wrongdoing within Browne's 1996 presidential campaign surfaced during his second run in 2000. In 2001, it was revealed that Perry Willis had worked on behalf of Browne's 1996 campaign while serving as national director of the Libertarian Party. To avoid potential conflicts of interest, party policy prohibits any party staffer from working for a campaign before a nominee is officially decided. After an investigation, the party leadership censured Willis and admonished Browne, who has responded in detail to allegations surrounding the controversy.

After 2000, Harry Browne continued working to increase the popularity of libertarian goals to reduce the size and scope of government. In addition to writing and making appearances on behalf of the DownsizeDC Foundation, he hosted two weekly network radio shows; one on Saturdays dealing with politics, and the other on Sunday dealing with financial advice. Browne also worked with the Free Market News Network, of which he was the President. On Free Market News, he had his own internet-based television show called This Week In Liberty. He was also working on a book called The War Racket which was not completed or published before his death.

Election Results

2000 United States Presidential Election
Party Candidate/Running Mate Electoral Votes Percent Votes
Republican George W. Bush / Dick Cheney 271 47.87% 50,462,412
Democratic Al Gore / Joe Lieberman 266 48.38% 51,009,810
Green Ralph Nader / Winona LaDuke 0 2.74% 2,883,443
Reform Pat Buchanan / Ezola Foster 0 0.43% 1,684,908
Libertarian Harry Browne / Art Olivier 0 0.37% 390,206*
Constitution Howard Phillips / J. Curtis Frazier 0 0.09% 98,027
Natural Law John Hagelin / A. Nat. Goldhaber 0 0.08% 83,710
Various All Others 0 0.05% 49,095
1996 United States Presidential Election
Party Candidate/Running Mate Electoral Votes Percent Votes
Democratic Bill Clinton / Al Gore 379 49.23% 47,400,125
Republican Bob Dole / Jack Kemp 159 40.72% 39,198,755
Reform Ross Perot / Pat Choate 0 8.40% 8,085,402
Green Ralph Nader / Winona LaDuke 0 0.71% 685,435
Libertarian Harry Browne / Jo Jorgensen 0 0.50% 485,798
US Taxpayers Howard Phillips / Herbert Titus 0 0.19% 184,820
Natural Law John Hagelin / V. Tompkins 0 0.12% 113,670
Workers World Monica Moorehead / Gloria La Riva 0 0.03% 29,083
Various All Others 0 0.10% 92,572

Election Year Fundraising

1996 2000
January 32,330.99 80,201.84
February 67,835.61 118,503.26
March 34,271.81 78,387.14
April 46,447.64 107,538.29
May 51,102.99 94,390.78
June 74,256.51 130,924.74
July 72,610.47 110,726.82
August 180,874.95 259,904.98
September 95,835.09 160,725.77
Oct 1 - Oct 17 100,831.43 167,165.77
Oct 18 - Nov 26 144,394.03 264,944.62
Nov 27 - Dec 31 464.14 43,369.97
Total 901,255.66 1,616,783.98

Polling

See: Libertarian Presidential Candidate Polling

External Links


Preceded by:
Andre Marrou
Libertarian Party Presidential candidate
1996 and 2000
Succeeded by:
Michael Badnarik



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