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Francis Dashwood Tandy (1867-June 29, 1913) was an individualist anarchist writer and publisher active in the late 19th and early 20th century. His major work was the book Voluntary Socialism: A Sketch (1896), a work on individualist anarchist political economy, which Tandy dedicated to Benjamin Tucker. Born in England, to Irish parents,<ref>United States Federal Census. Year: 1910; Census Place: Orangetown, Rockland, New York; Roll: T624_953; Page: 13A; Enumeration District: 0105; Image: 31; FHL microfilm: 1374966.</ref> he immigrated to the United States in 1887, and moved to Denver, Colorado, where he spent most of his career. Tandy died suddenly in Los Angeles at the age of 46 while he and his wife Ina M. Tandy were in the process of moving to San Francisco, where Tandy had intended to go into business.<ref>Obituary, Los Angeles Tribune, June 30, 1913.</ref>

Works

1891: "Biology and Sociology" The Twentieth Century, May 14, 1891, 7.
1891: Victor Yarros and Francis D. Tandy, "Mr. Tandy's Consolations." Liberty 8, no. 9 (August 8, 1891): 2.
1893: Economy in Library Binding Books 3, no. 8-9 (August-September 1893): 143.
1896: Voluntary Socialism: A Sketch Denver, Co.: Self-Published (Molinari Institute) (Google Books)
1896: "Free Competition" Columbus Junction Ia.: E.H. Fulton, 1896 (Libertarian Labyrinth) (Google Books listing)
1896: "Machinery and Rent" Liberty, Vol. XII. No. 5 (July 11, 1896). 4.
1896: Suggestions on the Index to Periodicals Public Libraries 1, no. 4 (August 1896): 149.
1897: The Question of Indexes The Library Journal 22, no. 2 (February 1897): 88.
1897: Something about Indexing The Writer 10, no. 2 (February 1897): 14-15.
1897: "Modern Socialistic Tendencies" A Lecture Delivered Before Unity Club in Unity Church, Denver, March 28, 1897. (Libertarian Labyrinth) (Google Books listing)
1897: The Question of Indexes The Library Journal 22, no. 6 (June 1897): 303.
1897: "What's This? A Mare's Nest?" Liberty, Vol. XIII. No. 4 (July 1897). 4.
1897: The Pre-Natal Culture Dogma The Colorado Medical Journal 3, no. 10 (October 1897): 377-381.
1898: The Colorado Medical Library Association The Colorado Medical Journal 4, no. 5 (May 1898): 181.
1899: Some Suggestions in Regard to the Use of the Dewey Decimal Classification Public Libraries 4, no. 3 (March 1899): 139-141.
1900: Strikes, Trusts, Boycotts and Blacklists The Arena 22, no. ?? (February 1900): 194-203.

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Los Angeles Tribune (1913)

Obituary, from the Los Angeles Tribune, June 30, 1913. Dr. Walter Lindley Scrapbooks, California Hospital, Number II, box 6, page 60. Honnold Mudd Library, Special Collections.

FRANCIS B. TANDY [sic], 46, PUBLISHER, PASSES ON
Francis B. Tandy [sic], forty-six years old, formerly a well-known publisher of Denver, passed away yesterday morning at the California hospital. Mr. amd Mrs. Tandy came to Los Angeles three weeks ago en route to San Francisco, where the former intended to go into business. He was removed to the hospital two weeks ago. Besides his widow, he is survived by three children. Funeral arrangements will be completed today.

James J. Martin, Men Against the State (1970)

From James J. Martin (1970/2009), Men Against the State: The Expositors of Individualist Anarchism in America, 1827-1908. Auburn, Ala.: Ludwig von Mises Institute. 258.

Others attempted the task assumed by Bailie in reconciling the many elements which went to make up individualist anarchism as it emerged from the combined influences of Spencerian and Stirnerite doctrines. One of these projected syntheses was the brief outline of Fred Schulder, The Relation of Anarchism to Organization. Another was Francis D. Tandy, an associate of Cohen in Denver, whose Modern Social Tendencies and Voluntary Socialism were anarchist works of considerable repute,87 showing influence of Tucker, Spencer and Thoreau. Both Tandy and Schulder were recipients of Tucker's approval in their activities along the program of educational propaganda for the anarchist cause.
87. Schulder, Relation of Anarchism to Organization, 2-4, 10-15; Tandy, Modern Social Tendencies, 1-2, 9. See the review of Tandy's Voluntary Socialism by Clarence Lee Swartz in I, II (May, 1899), 6-7.

p. 260.

Fulton, probably the most obviously influenced by Tucker of all the independents, began his paper, The Age of Thought, on July 4, 1896, at the height of a serious depression and hectic political campaign, at a time also when Liberty had begun to appear irregularly. Extremely well-written, featuring his own ideas plus those of the Denver group of Tandy, Cohen and William Holmes, Fulton's paper soon acquired a subscriber's list of several thousand, and was easily the best of the separately-sponsored journals. A former advocate of colonization, he now stressed the land for use and free banking propositions, and dismissed the Bryan silver campaign as "a squabble in regard to which of two powerful classes shall exercise an iniquitous privilege," the position of the anarchists with relation to the restriction of currency to specie, whether gold, silver or both. Fulton's activities as a radical publisher continued for several years after the world war,93 five different journals appearing under his sponsorship down to 1928.

p. 299.

TANDY, FRANCIS D.
Free Competition. An Outline of the Principles of Philosophical Anarchism. (Liberty Library No. 6). Columbus Junction, Iowa, 1896.
Modern Socialistic Tendencies (Liberty Library No. 4). Columbus Junction, Iowa, 1897.

Carl Watner, The Voluntaryist (1984)

From The Voluntaryist No. 9, September 1984. Reprinted in I Must Speak Out: The Best of The Voluntaryist 1982-1999'. 57.

[Editor's introduction: "The Voluntaryists seek to reclaim the anti-political heritage of libertarianism. As an example of that tradition I have selected a chapter on voluntaryist "methods' written by Francis Dashwood Tandy. Tandy (1867-?), a supporter of the individualist ideas of Benjamin Tucker, published the book Voluntary Socialism (from which this chapter is taken) in Denver during the spring of 1896. The book was described in advertisements in Liberty as "a complete and systematic outline of Anarchistic philosophy and economics, written in a clear, concise, and simple style."
Its purpose, in the words of the author's Preface, was to provide "a brief but lucid outline of ... Voluntaryism." Its title, although somewhat of a puzzler, is easy enough to explain. Throughout much of the nineteenth century, "socialism" meant the abolition of every type of economic privilege. According to Tandy, there are two types of socialists: the State Socialist, who hoped to use the government to abolish the surplus value created by legislation (a method which he thought inherently contradictory) and the "voluntary Socialists or Anarchists," who maintained that the exercise of free competition, in such legally restricted areas as banking and tariffs (to name just two), was the only way to eradicate social evils.
Tandy has a clear grasp of the voluntaryist insight and the voluntary principle. He rejected revolutionary violence as impractical and unnecessary and saw electoral politics as just another form of institutionalized coercion. In reviewing his comments, I have changed his expression "passive" resistance to the more modern "non-violent resistance." I am proud to offer this condensed version of Chapter XIII (pp. 186-201), which I suspect represents the only time it has reappeared in nearly 100 years. --Carl Watner]

Public Records

United States Census (1900)

United States Census. Year: 1900; Census Place: Montclair, Arapahoe, Colorado; Roll: 120; Page: 1A; Enumeration District: 148; FHL microfilm: 1240122.

Place of residence: Montclair, Arapahoe, Colorado.

Name of each person whose place of abode on June 1, 1900, was in this family Relation Color or race Sex Date of Birth: Month Year Age at last birthday Whether single, married, widowed, or divorced Number of years married Mother of how many children Number of these children living Nativity: Place of birth of this Person Place of birth of Father Mother Citizenship: Year of immigration to the United States Number of years in the United States Naturalization Occupation Months not employed Education: Attended school (in months) Can read Can write Can speak English Owned free or mortgaged Farm or house Number of farm schedule
Tandy, Francis D. Head W M Jan 1867 33 M 7 England England England 1887 13 Na. Clerk Real Estate 0 Yes Yes Yes O M H
Ina M. Wife W F Aug 1874 25 M 7 3 3 Michigan New Jersey Michigan Yes Yes Yes
Richard J Son W M Nov 1893 6 S Colorado England Michigan At School 9
John M Son W M Jan 1895 5 S Colorado England Michigan At School 9
Frances E. Daughter W F Mar 1896 4 S Colorado England Michigan

United States Census (1910)

United States Census. Year: 1910; Census Place: Orangetown, Rockland, New York; Roll: T624_953; Page: 13A; Enumeration District: 0105; Image: 31; FHL microfilm: 1374966.

Place of residence: Orangetown, Rockland, New York.

Name of each person whose place of abode on April 15, 1910, was in this family Relation Sex Color or Race Age at last birthday Whether single, married, widowed, or divorced Number of years of present marriage Mother of how many children: Number born Number now living Nativity: Place of birth of this Person Place of birth of Father Mother Citizenship: Year of immigration to the United States Whether naturalized or alien Whether able to speak English; or, if not, give language spoken Occupation: Trade or profession General nature of Industry Whether an employer, employee, or working on own account If an employee: Whether or out of work on April 15, 1910 Number of weeks out of work during year 1909 Education: Whether able to read Whether able to write Attended school any time since September 1, 1909 Ownership of Home: Owned or rented Owned free or mortgaged Farm or house Number of farm schedule Whether a survivor of the Union or Confederate Army or Navy Whether blind (both eyes) Whether deaf and dumb
Tandy, Francis Head M W 43 M 17 England - Irish Ireland - Irish Ireland - Irish 1886 Na. Yes Manager Insurance Co. W No 0 Yes Yes / / H
Maud Wife F W 35 M 17 3 3 Michigan New Jersey Michigan Yes None None Yes Yes
Richard Son M W 16 Colorado England Michigan Yes None None Yes Yes
John Son M W 15 Colorado England Michigan Yes None None Yes Yes
Elizabeth Daughter F M 14 Colorado England Michigan Yes None None Yes Yes Yes

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