Francis Townsend

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Francis Everett Townsend (13 January 1867 – 1 September 1960) was an American physician and politician best known for his old-age pension proposal. Known as the "Townsend Plan", the popularity of the proposal influenced the establishment of the Franklin D. Roosevelt administration's Social Security system.

Townend argued that this was insufficient. He participated in the short-lived Union Party (United States) that opposed Roosevelt in the 1936 election. Several later augmentations of the benefits are stated to have been influenced by Townsend.

Leftist Wikipedia does not mention the less politically correct Union Party with a word in its article on Townsend.

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