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Whittaker Chambers

Whittaker ChambersAKA Jay Vivian Chambers

Born: 1-Apr-1901
Birthplace: Philadelphia, PA
Died: 9-Jul-1961
Location of death: Westminster, MD
Cause of death: Heart Attack
Remains: Cremated

Gender: Male
Religion: Quaker
Race or Ethnicity: White
Sexual orientation: Bisexual
Occupation: Author

Nationality: United States
Executive summary: Accuser of Alger Hiss

Father: James A. Chambers ("Jay", artist/illustrator, d. 27-Oct-1929 hepatitis)
Mother: Laha Whittaker Chambers (New York City welfare detective, d. 5-Jun-1958)
Brother: Richard (d. 8-Sep-1926 suicide)
Wife: Esther Shemitz (m. 15-Apr-1931, until his death)
Son: John Chambers
Daughter: Ellen Into (b. 17-Oct-1933)

    High School: South Side High School, Rockville Centre, NY (1919)
    University: Williams College (1920, one month)
    University: Columbia University (1922-25)
    University: Western Maryland College (1959-61)

    National Review Senior Editor (1957-58)
    Time (1939-48)
    New York Public Library (1923-27), fired for stealing books
    Communist Party USA (1925-38)
    Ran Away From Home
    Expelled from School Columbia University (1925)
    Converted to Quaker Religion (1941)
    HUAC Hearings 3-Aug-1948
    Libel lawsuit filed by Alger Hiss (27-Sep-1948)
    Slander lawsuit filed by Alger Hiss (27-Sep-1948)
    Defamation lawsuit filed by Alger Hiss (27-Sep-1948)
    Suicide Attempt (10-Dec-1948)
    Heart Attack (1942)
    Heart Attack (Aug-1951)
    Heart Attack (Nov-1952)
    Heart Attack (Oct-1955)
    Heart Attack (Nov-1958)
    Heart Attack (seven times, the last fatal)
    Presidential Medal of Freedom 1984
    Risk Factors: Obesity, Smoking

Author of books:
Witness (1952, memoir)
Cold Friday (1964, posthumous, with Duncan Norton Taylor)


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