1839 – He was born on the 2nd day of September this year in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania to a lower-middle class family.
1855 – His formal education ended at age 14 and he went to sea as a foremast boy at age 15 in April of this year on the Hindoo, bound for Melbourne and Calcutta.
1865 – After a failed attempt at gold mining, he started to work his way up through the newspaper industry in this year.
1861 – George fell in love with Annie Corsina Fox, an eighteen-year-old Australian girl and married her late this year.
1871 – He worked for several papers, including four years as editor of his own San Francisco Daily Evening Post.
1879 – He wrote He was the author of Progress and Poverty.
1880 – Now a popular writer and speaker, George moved to New York City, becoming closely allied with the Irish nationalist community despite being of English ancestry.
1886 – He ran for mayor of New York City on the ticket of the United Labor Party, and polled second (ahead of Theodore Roosevelt).
1897 – He ran again in this year as an independent Democrat, but died of a stroke four days before the election. An estimated 100,000 people attended his funeral.