Laurence Gronlund was born on 13 July 1846 in Copenhagen, Denmark. He attended the University of Copenhagen, graduating with an MA in 1865 and afterwards studied law. He emigrated to the United States in 1867, settling in Chicago. He was admitted to the Chicago Bar in 1869 but soon gave up practicing law in favor of journalism and radical socialist politics. He published several pamphlets advocating socialism and then produced his first major book, The Cooperative Commonwealth in Its Outlines: An Exposition of Modern Socialism, in 1884. As a socialist he disagreed with Henry George’s single tax reform but nevertheless supported his 1886 campaign for Mayor of New York. After Edward Bellamy’s widely read book Looking Backward (1888) incorporated many of his ideas, Gronlund began supporting the Nationalist movement, though he was still active in the Socialist Labor Party. By 1891 he was working as a statistician in the office of Commissioner of Labor Statistics in Washington, D.C. In 1898 he moved to New York City and worked as an editorial writer for the New York Journal. Gronlund died on 15 October 1899 in New York City.
From The Dictionary of Modern American Philosophers in Oxford Reference.