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Biography

BIOGRAPHICAL NOTE

Philip Cornick received his bachelors degree from the University of Tennessee in 1903, later becoming head of the land department of the Bank of Sonora, Mexico. During World War I he served as an officer in the Army Corps of Engineers. After the war, he joined the faculty of Columbia University as a research specialist on the staff of the Institute of Public Administration. He remained with the institute when it became an independent research institution and served as a senior researcher until his retirement in 1947. Frequently on loan from the institute to the Federal Housing Authority and the Tennessee Valley Authority, he conducted a TVA study in the 1930s that led to many reforms in its administrative practices. Cornick also helped a number of states reform real estate taxes and develop land value taxation codes. He was an opponent of Richard T. Ely's land speculation theories; he led the Henry George movement for land value taxation and free trade. Member, International Fraternity of Lambda Alpha, New York Chapter.