Presidential Candidate Harry Browne Dies By Associated Press 5:55 PM PST, March 2, 2006

FRANKLIN, Tenn. -- Harry Browne, who twice ran for president as the Libertarian Party candidate, has died. He was 72.

Browne, an author and investment adviser, died at his home Wednesday night, family friend Jim Babka said. He died of Lou Gehrig's disease.

Browne received 485,134 votes, or 0.5 percent, for president in 1996 and 384,431, or 0.367 percent, in 2000. He never held elective office, Babka said.

He campaigned actively across the country, promoting the value of smaller government.

"He was gentlemanly, courteous and cultivated his personal happiness," Babka said in a telephone interview from Washington, where he is president of Downsize DC, a small government advocacy group. Browne was co-founder of the group.

Browne wrote 12 books that sold more than 2 million copies, the party said in a news release. They included "Why Government Doesn't Work," "How I Found Freedom in an Unfree World" and "Fail-Safe Investing."

In his 1970 book "How You Can Profit From the Coming Devaluation," he predicted that the dollar would be devalued and major inflation could be forthcoming.

"His contributions to the party will forever be evident," said party communications director Sam New.

Browne was born in New York City and grew up in Los Angeles.

Survivors include his wife, Pamela, and a daughter. He will be cremated, and there will be no funeral. A memorial service is being planned, Babka said.

WONDERFUL HARRY BROWNE Friday, March 03, 2006 -


The world has lost a wonderful human being. Harry Browne passed away last night after a long illness. Harry was a joy and inspiration to all who knew him. We offer our condolences to his family, and especially to his wife Pamela.

Words cannot express what Harry meant to us. But words are all we have. And so we will muster what meager inadequate words we can find to remember Harry Browne over the days ahead. You are invited to participate. This message will be posted at the top of the blog. You can leave your thoughts and comments there. The blog can be reached by clicking here.

Rather than cards or flowers, Pamela Browne requests that donations be made in Harry's memory to this organization, or to a family foundation. Pamela Browne will be informed of all donations made in Harry's name. The details are below. But for now we merely want to remember and celebrate the life of a great man. Harry Browne was a co-founder of this organization. But he was so much more. So very much more.

Jim Babka & Perry Willis, Inc.

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