Laidler, Harry W. (Harry Wellington), 1884-1970

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Economist.

From the description of Reminiscences of Harry Wellington Laidler : oral history, 1965. (Columbia University In the City of New York). WorldCat record id: 122451940

Harry Laidler, economist, author, educator and socialist activist, was born in Brooklyn, New York, February 18, 1884. He received his B.A. from Wesleyan University (1907) where he was one of the founders of the Intercollegiate Socialist Society. He received a LL.B. from Brooklyn Law School in 1910 and a Ph.D. in political economy from Columbia in 1914. He was executive director of the League for Industrial Democracy (LID) from 1910-1957 and a frequent candidate for political office for the Socialist Party. He served on the New York City Council from 1940 to 1941, having been elected as a candidate of the American Labor Party, which he helped to found. He was the author of many books and articles on social issues.

From the description of Harry Wellington Laidler Photographs [graphic]. 1893-1968(bulk 1950-1960) (New York University). WorldCat record id: 77742674

Harry Laidler, economist, author, educator and socialist activist, was born in Brooklyn, New York, February 18, 1884. He received his B.A. from Wesleyan University (1907) where he was one of the founders of the Intercollegiate Socialist Society. He received a LL.B. from Brooklyn Law School in 1910 and a Ph.D. in political economy from Columbia in 1914. He was executive director of the League for Industrial Democracy (LID) from 1910 to 1957 and a frequent candidate for political office for the Socialist Party. He served on the New York City Council from 1940 to 1941, having been elected as a candidate of the American Labor Party, which he helped to found. He was the author of many books and articles on social issues.

From the description of Papers, 1902-1970. (New York University). WorldCat record id: 477811829

From the guide to the Harry Laidler Papers, 1902-1970, (Tamiment Library / Wagner Archives)

Harry Wellington Laidler (1884-1970) was born in Brooklyn, New York, to William E. Laidler and Julia Heary Laidler, but he was brought up by an uncle, Thomas (or Theodore?) Atworth, a former president of the Photo Engravers' Union and a socialist. Laidler attended Ruskin College for workers in Missouri, and American Socialist College in Kansas, before he received a scholarship to Weslyan University, Connecticut. He graduated from Weslyan in 1907, and spent the next three years working as a newspaper reporter for the Brooklyn Daily Eagle . In 1911 he completed his studies at Brooklyn Law School and was admitted to the New York State bar; in 1914, he received a doctorate in political economy from Columbia University. In, he 1919 married Agnes Fuller Armington. They had two children: John and Rosamond.

Laidler served as the executive director of the League for Industrial Democracy (LID) for almost fifty years (from 1910 to 1957). While still a college student, he joined the Inter-Collegiate Socialist Society (ISS)-the predecessor organization of LID--in its founding year of 1905. Laidler and the ISS emphasized the study of socialism rather than the promotion of socialist views. But the issue of whether or not to support U.S. participation in World War I caused divisions in the ISS as did opinion about the 1917 Russian Revolution. In 1921, the organization changed its name to the League for Industrial Democracy and also changed its emphasis. At that point, it became the educational arm for the Socialist Party, sponsoring a speakers bureau and publishing pamphlets.

Although he worked on Norman Thomas' presidential campaigns in 1928 and 1932, Harry Laidler later founded (with other socialists) the American Labor Party (ALP). In 1939, Laidler ran successfully on the ALP ticket for a position on the New York City Council. In spite of working for such causes as low- income housing, elimination of racial discrimination and guaranteed collective bargaining, Laidler lost the backing of the Socialist Party, the leadership of the ALP or of the Communist Party. His views favoring aid to the Allies while refusing to support Stalin after the German invasion of the Soviet Union lost him the support of these groups. Hence, Laidler was defeated when he ran for City Council a second time. In 1944, he helped to found the Liberal Party, in opposition to the ALP.

From the guide to the Harry Laidler Photographs, Bulk, 1950-1960, 1893-1968, (Bulk 1950-1960), (Tamiment Library / Wagner Archives)

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referencedIn Stokes, Rose Pastor, 1879-1933. Papers, 1905-1933. Elmer Holmes Bobst Library
referencedIn Intercollegiate Socialist Society (U.S.). Study course in socialism, 1918. Wisconsin Historical Society, Newspaper Project
referencedIn Stokes, Rose Pastor, 1879-1933. Rose Pastor Stokes papers, 1900-1993 (inclusive). Yale University Library
referencedIn Yaddo records, 1870-1980 New York Public Library. Manuscripts and Archives Division
referencedIn Lewis Gannett papers, 1681-1966 (inclusive) 1900-1960 (bulk). Houghton Library.
referencedIn Algernon Lee Papers, Bulk, 1896-1954, 1861-1954, (Bulk 1896-1954) Tamiment Library / Wagner Archives
referencedIn Charles Solomon Papers, 1916-1962 Tamiment Library and Robert F. Wagner Labor Archive
referencedIn Saposs, David J. (David Joseph), 1886-1968. Papers, 1907-1968. Wisconsin Historical Society, Newspaper Project
creatorOf Harry Laidler Photographs, Bulk, 1950-1960, 1893-1968, (Bulk 1950-1960) Tamiment Library / Wagner Archives
referencedIn Charles Solomon Papers, 1916-1962 Tamiment Library / Wagner Archives
referencedIn League for Industrial Democracy. League for Industrial Democracy Records 1920-1970, undated. New York University, Tamiment Library
creatorOf Laidler, Harry W. (Harry Wellington), 1884-1970. Harry Wellington Laidler Photographs [graphic]. Churchill County Museum
referencedIn Gleason, Arthur, 1878-1923. Arthur Gleason papers, 1863-1931 (bulk 1900-1923). Library of Congress
referencedIn ILGWU. Education Department. Fannia Cohn papers, 1918-1962 Kheel Center for Labor-Management Documentation and Archives, Cornell University Library
creatorOf Laidler, Harry Wellington, 1884-1970. Papers, 1902-1970. Churchill County Museum
referencedIn Berger, Victor L., 1860-1929. Papers, 1862-1980. Wisconsin Historical Society, Newspaper Project
referencedIn Tamiment Library and Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives Labor and Radicalism Photograph Collection, Bulk, 1940-1965, 1860-1985 Tamiment Library and Robert F. Wagner Labor Archive
referencedIn Intercollegiate Socialist Society Records, 1900-1921 Tamiment Library / Wagner Archives
referencedIn Intercollegiate Socialist Society. Records, 1904-1921. Churchill County Museum
referencedIn Alfred Mitchell Bingham and the Common Sense collection, 1905-1979 Yale University. Department of Manuscripts and Archives
creatorOf Laidler, Harry W. (Harry Wellington), 1884-1970. Reminiscences of Harry Wellington Laidler : oral history, 1965. Columbia University in the City of New York, Columbia University Libraries
referencedIn Rose Pastor Stokes papers, 1900-1993 Yale University. Department of Manuscripts and Archives
referencedIn Papers, 1894-1960 Harvard Law School Library, Harvard University.
referencedIn Rand School of Social Science, Dept. of Labor Research records, 1916-1923 New York Public Library. Manuscripts and Archives Division
referencedIn League for Industrial Democracy Records, 1920-1996 Tamiment Library and Robert F. Wagner Labor Archive
referencedIn Baruch Charney Vladeck Papers, Bulk, 1920-1938, 1906-1958 Tamiment Library and Robert F. Wagner Labor Archive
referencedIn Socialist Party (U.S.) New York (N.Y.) Letter Books, Bulk, 1911-1914, 1907-1914, (Bulk 1911-1914) Tamiment Library / Wagner Archives
referencedIn Solon De Leon Papers, 1900-1975 Tamiment Library / Wagner Archives
creatorOf International Ladies' Garment Workers' Union. Educational Dept. Executive Secretary. ILGWU. Education Department. Fannia Cohn papers, 1918-1962. Cornell University Library
referencedIn The Nation, records, 1879-1974 (inclusive), 1920-1955 (bulk). Houghton Library.
referencedIn Intercollegiate Socialist Society Records, 1900-1921 Tamiment Library and Robert F. Wagner Labor Archive
creatorOf Laidler, Harry W. (Harry Wellington), 1884-1970. Correspondence with Theodore Dreiser, 1928-1933. University of Pennsylvania Libraries, Van Pelt Library
referencedIn Lee, Algernon. Papers, 1896-1954. Churchill County Museum
referencedIn Mendel V. Halushka Papers, 1919-1958 Tamiment Library / Wagner Archives
referencedIn Rand School of Social Science Records, 1905-1962 Tamiment Library / Wagner Archives
referencedIn Rose Pastor Stokes Papers, Bulk, 1913-1933, 1905-1933 Tamiment Library and Robert F. Wagner Labor Archive
referencedIn Socialist Party (U.S.). Local New York. Letter books, 1907-1914, 1911-1914 (bulk). Elmer Holmes Bobst Library
referencedIn League for Industrial Democracy. League for Industrial Democracy. Pamphlets, 1922-1978. Cornell University Library
referencedIn Angela Morgan Papers, 1893-1957 Bentley Historical Library , University of Michigan
creatorOf Krueger, Maynard C., 1906-1991. Papers, 1923-1952 and n.d. Duke University Libraries, Duke University Library; Perkins Library
referencedIn Bingham, Alfred M. (Alfred Mitchell), 1905-. Alfred Mitchell Bingham and the Common Sense collection, 1905-1979 (inclusive). Yale University Library
referencedIn Stokes, Rose Pastor, 1879-1933. Rose Pastor Stokes papers, 1900-1993 (inclusive). Yale University Library
referencedIn The Nation, records, 1879-1974 (inclusive), 1920-1955 (bulk). Houghton Library.
referencedIn League for Industrial Democracy. Pamphlets, 1922-1978. Kheel Center for Labor-Management Documentation and Archives, Martin P. Catherwood Library, Cornell University.
referencedIn Tamiment Library/Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives,. Tamiment Library general photograph collection [graphic]. Churchill County Museum
referencedIn American Socialist Society. Records, 1905-1955. Elmer Holmes Bobst Library
creatorOf Laidler, Harry W. (Harry Wellington), 1884-1970. Correspondence to Van Wyck Brooks, 1962. University of Pennsylvania Library
creatorOf Harry Laidler Papers, 1902-1970 Tamiment Library / Wagner Archives
referencedIn Rose Pastor Stokes Papers, 1905-1933 Tamiment Library / Wagner Archives
referencedIn John Reed papers, 1903-1967. Houghton Library.
referencedIn Solomon, Charles, 1889-1963. Papers, 1916-1962. Churchill County Museum
creatorOf Rand School of Social Science. Dept. of Labor Research. Rand School of Social Science, Dept. of Labor Research records, 1916-1923. Campbell University, Wiggins Memorial Library
referencedIn Lewis Gannett papers, 1681-1966 (inclusive) 1900-1960 (bulk). Houghton Library.
referencedIn Vladeck, B. (Baruch), 1886-1938. Papers, 1907-1983. Tamiment Library and Robert F. Wagner Labor Archive
referencedIn De Leon, Solon, 1883-. Papers, 1900-1975. Churchill County Museum
referencedIn Arthur Gleason Papers, 1863-1931, (bulk 1900-1923) Library of Congress. Manuscript Division
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associatedWith Atworth, Mary Laidler person
associatedWith Atworth, Mary Laidler person
associatedWith Baldwin, Roger Nash, 1884- person
associatedWith Berger, Victor L., 1860-1929. person
associatedWith Bingham, Alfred M. (Alfred Mitchell), 1905- person
associatedWith Bunche, Ralph J. (Ralph Johnson), 1904-1971 person
associatedWith Craig, Reed and Emerson Project. corporateBody
associatedWith De Leon, Solon, 1883- person
associatedWith Douglas, Helen Gahagan, 1900-1980. person
associatedWith Douglas, T. C. (Thomas Clement), 1904- person
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correspondedWith Gleason, Arthur, 1878-1923. person
associatedWith Graham, Frank C. person
associatedWith Graham, Frank C. person
associatedWith Halushka, Mendel V., 1904-1958 person
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associatedWith Hayes, A.W. person
associatedWith Heary, John J. person
associatedWith Heary, John J. person
associatedWith Hook, Sidney, 1902-1989. person
associatedWith Hudson, Manley Ottmer, 1886- person
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associatedWith International Ladies' Garment Workers' Union. Educational Dept. Executive Secretary. corporateBody
associatedWith Kilpatrick, William Heard, 1871-1965 person
associatedWith Krueger, Maynard C., 1906-1991. person
associatedWith Laidler, Agnes person
associatedWith Laidler, Agnes person
associatedWith Laidler, John A. person
associatedWith Laidler, John A. person
associatedWith Laidler, Margaret person
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associatedWith Lehman, Herbert H. (Herbert Henry), 1878-1963 person
associatedWith Minkoff, N. B., 1893-1958 person
associatedWith Moore, Bruce. person
associatedWith Morgan, Angela, 1874-1957 person
associatedWith National Bureau of Economic Research. corporateBody
associatedWith National Conference on Housing (U.S.) corporateBody
associatedWith Nation (New York, N.Y. : 1865). corporateBody
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associatedWith Papaneck, Ernst person
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associatedWith Rand School of Social Science. Dept. of Labor Research. corporateBody
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associatedWith Tamiment Library. corporateBody
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New York (N.Y.)
New York (N.Y.)
United States
United States
United States
Subject
Socialists--United States
Economists--Interviews
Right and left (Political science)
Socialism
Socialists--Portraits
Socialists--United States--Portraits
Unemployed--United States
Unemployed
Housing
Housing--United States
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