George Tucker (1775 - 1861), economist, etc., born in Bermuda, became Professor, of Moral Philosophy, etc., in the University of Virginia. He wrote a Life of Jefferson, Political History of the United States, Essays Moral and Philosophical, The Valley of the Shenandoah, a novel, A Voyage to the Moon (satire), and various works on economics. He served in the United States House of Representatives from 1819 to 1825, representing Virginia.
His 1827 novel, A Voyage to the Moon, though a satire, is considered by some to be the first American work of science fiction.
According to the Dictionary of Literary Biography, he died on April 10, 1861 from injuries sustained when a large bale of cotton fell on his head, while it was being loaded on a ship in Mobile Bay