Philbrick, Herbert A. (Herbert Arthur), 1915-1993

Alternative names
Birth 1915-05-11
Death 1993-08-16

Biographical notes:

Anticommunist activist and counterspy.

From the description of Herbert A. Philbrick papers, 1849-1997 (bulk 1940-1993). (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 70984223

Biographical Note

1915, May 11 Born, Boston, Mass. 1938 Graduated, Lincoln Technical Institute of Northeastern University, Boston, Mass. 1939 Married Eva Gertrude Luscombe (divorced 1967) Sales representative, Holmes Direct Mail Service, Cambridge, Mass. 1940 Organizer and chairman, Cambridge Youth Council, Cambridge, Mass. Reported suspicions of communist control of Cambridge Youth Council to Boston, Mass., office, Federal Bureau of Investigation 1941 Began reporting to Federal Bureau of Investigation on actions of Communist party 1942 Joined Young Communist League 1942 1949 Assistant advertising director, Paramount Theaters Division of New England, M & P Theatres Co., Boston, Mass. 1944 Joined Communist party 1949 Testified in federal court as surprise witness against eleven Communist party leaders indicted for violation of the Smith Act 1951 Testified before hearings of the House Committee on Un-American Activities regarding Communist party activities in the Boston, Mass., area “I Led 3 Lives” serialized in the New York Herald Tribune 1951 1957 Lectured on anticommunist topics 1952 Published I Led 3 Lives: Citizen, “Communist,” Counterspy (New York: McGraw-Hill. 323 pp.) 1952 1958 Wrote syndicated column “Red Underground ” for the New York Herald Tribune 1953 1956 Technical advisor for television program “I Led 3 Lives” 1961 1962 Prepared series of five-minute television programs, “The Red Report” 1963 1969 Wrote newsletters, Dollar Hollar, Herb Philbrick's News Bulletin, Peoples Voice, and Schick Razor's Edge 1964 Candidate for delegate-at-large from New Hampshire to the Republican national convention for presidential candidate Barry M. Goldwater 1967 1969 National Director, United States Anti-Communist Congress 1968 Married Shirley J. Brown 1969 1977 Editor and publisher, Washington Exclusive, U.S. Press Association 1972 Published revised edition, I Led 3 Lives: Citizen, “Communist,” Counterspy (Washington, D.C.: Capitol Hill Press. 306 pp.) 1976 1977 Writer-editor, Division of Organization and Personnel, United States Nuclear Regulatory Agency, Washington, D. C. 1977 1979 Store manager, Fletcher's Paint Works, Hampton, N. H. 1982 circa 1989 Court reporter and free-lance writer for Rockingham County, N. H., newspapers 1990 1993 President, Constructive Action 1993, Aug. 16 Died, North Hampton, N. H.

From the guide to the Herbert A. Philbrick Papers, 1849-1997, (bulk 1940-1993), (Manuscript Division Library of Congress)

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  • Anti-communist movements--History
  • Presidents--United States--Election--1948.
  • Vietnam War, 1961-1975.
  • Subversive activities--United States.
  • Anti-communist movements--United States--History.
  • Vietnam War, 1961-1975
  • Undercover operations--United States.
  • Presidents--Election--1948
  • Subversive activities
  • Undercover operations


  • Political activists.


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  • Massachusetts (as recorded)
  • New England (as recorded)
  • New England (as recorded)
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