Billings, Warren K., 1893-1972

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Laborer and union organizer.

From the description of Papers of Warren K. Billings, 1899-1973 (bulk 1920-1939). (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 71014443

Biographical Note

  • 1893, July 4: Born, Middletown, N.Y.
  • 1906: Moved with family to Brooklyn, N.Y.
  • 1908: Graduated from high school
  • 1908 - 1912 : Worked at numerous odd jobs between frequent stints of unemployment
  • 1911: Convicted and given suspended sentence for possession of burglar's tools
  • 1912 - 1913 : Lived on the road while traveling to San Francisco, Calif.
  • 1913: Convicted and imprisoned for one year on a charge of possession of dynamite during an electrical workers' strike
  • 1914 - 1916 : Blacklisted by employers because of his union activities
  • 1916: Convicted on a charge of planting a homemade bomb during a San Francisco, Calif., Preparedness Day parade Given a life sentence and sent to Folsom State Prison, Folsom, Calif.
  • 1926: Warren K. Billings Committee for Pardon organized
  • 1939: Billings Defense Committee organized Billings' sentence commuted by Governor Culbert L. Olson of California
  • 1940: Married Josephine Rudolph
  • 1941: Chairman, Northern California Citizens Committee to Free Earl Browder
  • 1947 - 1949 : Chairman, Vern Smith Defense Committee
  • 1955: Delegate, AFL-CIO convention
  • 1961: Pardoned by Governor Edmund G. Brown (1905- 1996) of California
  • 1972, Sept. 4: Died, Redwood City, Calif.

From the guide to the Warren K. Billings Papers, 1899-1973, (bulk 1920-1939), (Manuscript Division Library of Congress)

Archival Resources
Role Title Holding Repository
referencedIn Earl Browder Papers, 1879-1990 Syracuse University. Library. Special Collections Research Center
referencedIn Mooney Molders' Defense Committee. Thomas J. Mooney ephemera collection. Yale University, Law School Library
creatorOf Billings, Warren K., 1893-1972. The story of a rebel : San Francisco : oral history transcript / Warren Knox Billings ; tape recorded interview conducted in 1957 by Corinne L. Gilb, for the Oral History Project, Institute of Industrial Relations, University of California, Berkeley, 1957. UC Berkeley Libraries
referencedIn Guide to the Louis Weinstock Papers and Photographs, circa 1910-1994 Tamiment Library and Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives
referencedIn Lamparski, Richard. "Whatever Happened to Warren K. Billings?" Interview with Billings, 1969. 60 min. tape recording. Cornell University Library
referencedIn Clark, Frances Underhill, 1863-1950. Papers, 1922-1937. Campbell University, Wiggins Memorial Library
referencedIn John Nicholas Beffel Papers, 1909-1970 Tamiment Library and Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives
referencedIn Guide to the Lena Morrow Lewis Papers, 1899-1951 Tamiment Library and Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives
referencedIn Tamiment Library Manuscript Files, 1749-1988 (bulk: 1910-1965) Tamiment Library and Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives
referencedIn Mooney, Thomas J., 1882-1942. Thomas J. Mooney papers, 1887-1949 (bulk 1930-1942). UC Berkeley Libraries
creatorOf Frank, Walter Malte, 1893-. Walter M. Frank papers, 1922-1960. Minnesota Historical Society, Division of Archives and Manuscripts
referencedIn Finerty, John Frederick, 1885-1967. Is the Mooney case closed? [sound recording]. UC Berkeley Libraries
referencedIn Butler, Jessee H. Suffragists. California State University, Long Beach
creatorOf Warren K. Billings Papers, 1899-1973, (bulk 1920-1939) Library of Congress. Manuscript Division
referencedIn Witter Bynner papers, 1829-1965. Houghton Library
referencedIn Morris, James, collector. Labor related tape recordings, 1960-1969. Kheel Center for Labor-Management Documentation and Archives, Martin P. Catherwood Library, Cornell University.
referencedIn Mooney, Thomas J., 1882-1942. Thomas J. Mooney papers, 1916-1924. Campbell University, Wiggins Memorial Library
referencedIn Thomas J. Mooney papers, 1916-1924 New York Public Library. Manuscripts and Archives Division
referencedIn Thomas J. Mooney papers, 1887-1949, bulk 1930-1942 Bancroft Library
creatorOf Billings, Warren K., 1893-1972. Papers of Warren K. Billings, 1899-1973 (bulk 1920-1939). Library of Congress
referencedIn Alderson, Harry E. Harry E. Alderson papers, 1916-1917. UC Berkeley Libraries
referencedIn Recall Charles Fickert, 1917. UC Berkeley Libraries
referencedIn Papers pertaining to the Mooney case, 1916-1933. California Historical Society
referencedIn Lewis Graham Hines Papers, 1916-1959, (bulk 1939-1956) Library of Congress. Manuscript Division
referencedIn Alexander Berkman Papers, 1917-1919 Tamiment Library and Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives
referencedIn International Ladies' Garment Workers' Union. Local 22 (New York, N.Y.). ILGWU. Local 22. Charles Zimmerman. Photographs, 1910-1958. Cornell University Library
referencedIn Hines, Lewis Graham, 1888-1960. Papers of Lewis Graham Hines, 1916-1959 (bulk 1939-1956). Library of Congress
referencedIn Guide to the Lena Morrow Lewis Papers, 1899-1951 Tamiment Library and Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives
referencedIn Davis, George Thomas, 1907-2006. George T. Davis collection of legal documents related to Thomas J. Mooney and Warren K. Billings, 1916-1971 (bulk 1930-1937). UC Berkeley Libraries
referencedIn Ward, Estolv Ethan, 1900-. Estolv Ethan Ward letter to John Barr Tompkins : San Francisco : LS, 1967 August 24. UC Berkeley Libraries
referencedIn Beffel, John Nicholas. Papers, 1909-1970. Churchill County Museum
referencedIn Lewis, Austin, 1865?-1944. Austin Lewis papers, 1913-1944. UC Berkeley Libraries
referencedIn Berkman, Alexander, 1870-1936. Papers, 1917-1919. Churchill County Museum
referencedIn Labor related tape recordings, 1960-1969. Cornell University Library
referencedIn Guide to the Daily Worker and Daily World Photographs Collection, 1920-2001 Tamiment Library and Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives
referencedIn Eastman, Max Forrester, 1883-1969. Eastman mss. 1892-1968 Lilly Library (Indiana University, Bloomington)
referencedIn Tamiment Library. Tamiment Library manuscript files collection relating to individuals and organizations associated with radicalism, the labor movement, and progressive social action in the United States, 1950-2001 (bulk 1910-1965). Churchill County Museum
referencedIn Mooney Molders Defense Committee. Mooney pamphlet collection : miscellaneous material on Tom Mooney. Dartmouth College Library
referencedIn Ward, Estolv Ethan, 1900-. The gentle dynamiter : a non-fiction historical novel, [196-?]. UC Berkeley Libraries
Role Title Holding Repository
Relation Name
associatedWith Alderson, Harry E. person
correspondedWith Baldwin, Roger N. (Roger Nash), 1884-1981 person
correspondedWith Baron, Rose person
correspondedWith Baron, Rose person
associatedWith Beffel, John Nicholas. person
associatedWith Berkman, Alexander, 1870-1936. person
correspondedWith Billings, Josephine Rudolph person
associatedWith Browder, Earl, 1891-1973. person
correspondedWith Bynner, Witter, 1881-1968 person
associatedWith Clark, Frances Underhill, 1863-1950. person
associatedWith Communist Party of the United States of America. corporateBody
correspondedWith Davis, George Thomas, 1907-2006 person
associatedWith Eastman, Max, 1883-1969 person
correspondedWith Finerty, John Frederick, 1885-1967 person
associatedWith Folsom Prison. corporateBody
associatedWith Frank, Walter Malte, 1893-. person
correspondedWith Gallagher, Mary, 1883-1965 person
associatedWith Gilb, Corinne Lathrop, 1925- person
correspondedWith Gross, Madeline Wieland person
associatedWith Hines, Lewis Graham, 1888-1960. person
correspondedWith Hunt, Henry T. person
associatedWith Industrial Workers of the World. corporateBody
associatedWith International Ladies' Garment Workers' Union. Local 22 (New York, N.Y.) corporateBody
correspondedWith Lawler, John G. person
associatedWith Lewis, Austin, 1865?-1944. person
correspondedWith Lewis, Lena Morrow person
associatedWith Lewis, Lena Morrow, 1862-1950. person
correspondedWith Marcantonio, Vito, 1902-1954 person
associatedWith Mooney Molders' Defense Committee. person
associatedWith Mooney, Thomas J., 1882-1942. person
associatedWith Morris, James. person
correspondedWith Older, Fremont, 1856-1935 person
correspondedWith Resner, Herbert person
correspondedWith Ritchie, Paul person
correspondedWith Ritchie, Paul person
correspondedWith Scharrenburg, Paul, 1877-1969 person
associatedWith Smith, Vern, b. 1892. person
associatedWith Tamiment Library. corporateBody
associatedWith University of California, Berkeley. Institute of Industrial Relations. Oral History Project. corporateBody
associatedWith Ward, Estolv Ethan, 1900- person
associatedWith Weinstock, Louis, 1903-1994 person
Place Name Admin Code Country
California--San Francisco
United States
San Francisco (Calif.)
California
California
Subject
Strikes and lockouts
Prisons--California
Labor unions--Organizing
Civil rights
Prisoners
Radicalism
Radicalism--United States
Labor disputes
Labor unions
Labor movement--History
Labor unions--California
Labor disputes--California
Prisons
Prisoners--California
Occupation
Laborers
Union organizer
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Birth 1893-07-04

Death 1972-09-04

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