Lovestone, Jay

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Birth 1897-12-15
Death 1990-03-07
Verenigde Staten

Biographical notes:

General secretary, Communist Party, U.S.A., 1927-1929, and Communist Party (Opposition), 1929-1940; executive secretary, Free Trade Union Committee, American Federation of Labor, 1944-1955; assistant director and director, International Affairs Department, American Federation of Labor-Congress of Industrial Organizations, 1955-1974.

From the description of Jay Lovestone papers, 1904-1989. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 754870674

Biographical Note

1907 or 1908 Moved to the United States 1913 1915 Early teens became interested in DeLeonite Socialist Labor Party and shortly thereafter joined Socialist Party 1914 1918 Attended City College of New York and became a member of the Socialist Study Club which was affiliated with the Intercollegiate Socialist Society. In 1917, became president of the society's branch at C.C.N.Y. 1918 Graduated, City College of New York 1918 1920 Held a number of jobs and at various times attended classes at the City College of Accounting, New York University Law School, and Columbia University 1919 Helped to organize the left wing sections of the pro-Communists in New York. Later became delegate to the founding convention of the American Communist Party.* [*The American Communist Party underwent several reorganizations and name changes during the time Jay Lovestone was a member. Please see Series Description for further information]. He was elected to the Program Committee and the First Central Executive Committee 1921 Assistant Secretary, Communist Party 1922 National Secretary, Communist Party 1923 Author of The Government -Strikebreaker, a study of government intervention in the strikes of 1921-1922 1925 Organization Secretary, Communist Party 1927 General Secretary, Communist Party 1929 Ousted from Communist Party by Iosip Stalin 1929 1940 Founder and head of Communist Party Opposition known as Lovestoneites or Lovestone Group.* [*The Communist Party Opposition underwent several name changes during the time Jay Lovestone headed the group. Please see Series Description for further information]. 1942 1944 Committee to Defend America -Citizens for Victory 1944 1956 Director, International Ladies Garment Workers Union (ILGWU), Political Department Director, International Affairs Department Executive Secretary, American Federation of Labor (AF of L), Free Trade Union Committee 1956 1963 Director of International Publications, American Federation of Labor-Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO) Assistant Director of International Affairs Department, AFL-CIO 1963 1974 Director of International Affairs Department, AFL-CIO 1974 1990 Consultant on International Affairs, ILGWU and AFL-CIO 1990, March 7 Died, New York City

From the guide to the Jay Lovestone Papers, 1906-1989, (Hoover Institution Archives)

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  • Labor unions
  • Communism
  • Trade-unions and communism.
  • Trade-unions--United States.
  • Trade-unions.
  • Communism.
  • Labor unions and communism
  • Labor movement.
  • Communism--United States.
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