Matthews, J. B. (Joseph Brown), 1894-1966.

Alternative names
Birth 1894
Death 1966

Biographical notes:

Methodist missionary, college professor, author, lecturer, and prominent conservative spokesman.

From the description of Papers, 1862-1986. bulk 1930-1969. (Duke University Library). WorldCat record id: 15370813

  • 1894, June 28: Born, Hopkinsville, Kentucky
  • 1915: B.A., Asbury College, Wilmore, Kentucky
  • 1915 - 1921 : Methodist Missionary to Java
  • 1917: Married Grace Ison
  • 1923: B.D., Drew University
  • 1924: S.T.M. (Magna cum laude), Union Theological Seminary
  • 1924: A.M., Columbia University
  • 1924 - 1927 : Professor of Hebrew and the history of religion at the Scarritt College for Christian Workers, Nashville, Tennessee
  • 1927: Member of faculty of Fisk University, Nashville, Tennessee
  • 1929: Publication of Youth Looks at World Peace: a Story of the First World Youth Peace Congress
  • 1929 - 1933 : Executive Secretary of the Fellowship of Reconciliation
  • 1930s: Member of various left-wing organizations
  • 1934: Publication of Fascism (with Ruth E. Shallcross) and Traffic in Death: a Few Facts Concerning the International Munitions Industry
  • 1935: Vice President of Consumers' Research, Inc. Publication of Partners in Plunder: the Cost of Business Dictatorship
  • 1936: Publication of Guinea Pigs No More Married Ruth E. Shallcross
  • 1938: Publication of Odyssey of a Fellow Traveler
  • 1938 - 1945 : Director of Research for the Committee on Un-American Activities of the U.S. House of Representatives
  • 1945 - 1964 : Lecturer; author of anticommunist articles; speaker before Federal and state committees investigating communism; and consultant for John A. Clements Associates, the Hearst public relations firm
  • 1949: Married Ruth Inglis
  • 1953, June: Executive Director of the Permanent Subcommittee on Government Operations of the U.S. Senate
  • 1953, July: Publication of Reds and Our Churches in American Mercury
  • 1966, July 16: Died, New York City

From the guide to the J. B. Matthews Papers, 1862-1986 and undated, (Duke University. David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library)

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