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HARRISON, George Leib, philanthropist, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 28 October, 1811; died there, 9 September, 1885. He entered Harvard, but owing to feeble health was not able to complete his course. He subsequently read law and was admitted to the Philadelphia bar, but never practised. He then engaged in sugar-refining, and amassed a large fortune, of which he gave liberally. He was a trustee of the Protestant Episcopal divinity school of Philadelphia, and was several times a delegate to the general convention of his church. He was appointed a member of the board of state charities in 1869, and was for several years the president of that body. In 1874 he was president of the first general convention of the board of public charities held in New York, and afterward sent to the British government, by request, much information on the subject of public charities, for which he received the thanks of that government. By appointment of the governor of Pennsylvania, he went to England to solicit the removal of the remains of William Penn to Philadelphia, but his mission was unsuccessful. On his return he published an account of it. He also wrote "Chapters on Social Science as connected with the Administration of State Charities" (Philadelphia, 1877), and compiled "Legislation on Insanity," a collection of lunacy laws (1884).
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