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  Greaves Jr., Percy L.
NamePercy L. Greaves Jr.
Irvington, New York , United States
Born August 24, 1906
DiedAugust 13, 1984 (77 years)
Last ModifedRBH
Feb 12, 2015 10:36pm
InfoVeteran Pearl Harbor revisionist and IHR Editorial Advisory Committee member Percy L. Greaves, Jr., died of cancer on 13 August 1984, 11 days short of what would have been his 78th birthday. Greaves was a much sought-after speaker on historical and economic subjects.

In 1943-45, Greaves was Research Director of the Republican National Committee.

Served as chief of Minority Staff for the 1945-46 Joint Congressional Investigation of the Pearl Harbor Attack, a job which led to a lifelong search for clarification of facts surrounding the Pearl Harbor attack. He was perhaps more qualified than any other man to speak and write with authority on the Washington events contributing to the attack, a point made by historian Harry Elmer Barnes in his introduction to Greaves's chapter "The Pearl Harbor Investigations" in Barnes's 1953 anthology Perpetual War for Perpetual Peace. More recently, historian John Toland noted, in his Infamy: Pearl Harbor and Its Aftermath, Greaves's "outstanding" aid in researching that book, calling him "an invaluable living source" on Pearl Harbor. Greaves’s presentation at the IHR's Third International Revisionist Conference (1981) in Los Angeles, "Pearl Harbor: 40 Years On," capped that weekend event. A frequent contributor to The Journal of Historical Review, he authored most of the Winter 1983-84 special JHR issue entitled "Pearl Harbor: Revisionism Renewed." At the time of his death he was putting the finishing touches on a volume, The Real Infamy Of Pearl Harbor, which would have been the definitive summation of his decades of research.

Greaves was a free market economist for U.S. News (the forerunner of U.S. News and World Report), and authored several books on economics, including Understanding the Dollar Crisis and Mises Made Easier: A Glossary for Ludwig von Mises' "Human Action". Greaves was a long-time associate and friend of Ludwig von Mises. Two other eminent economists who faithfully attended the Mises seminar and became good friends of the professor were Percy L. Greaves, Jr. and his wife, Bettina Bien Greaves. Greaves reached many readers as economic adviser to the Christian Freedom Foundation and columnist for its publication, Christian Economics. He later served as Armstrong Professor of Economics at the University of Plano, Texas. His wife was a senior member of the staff of Leonard Read’s Foundation for Economic Education in Irvington, New York. She often served as Professor Mises’ assistant and secretary and created his bibliography, a definitive listing of his work and articles about him. He was also a seminar speaker and discussion leader with the Foundation for Economic Education at Irvington-on-Hudson, New York.

Candidate for U.S. Senate (Free Libertarian-NY) 1974; did not appear on the ballot because he neglected to file a paper accepting the party's nomination. NYT 10/12/1974

Candidate for U.S. President (American Party) 1980



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