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Alger Hiss


Congressman Richard Nixon once branded him being a communist spy. He became upcoming U.S. Supreme Courtroom justice Felix Frankfurter’s protegé during his period at Harvard Rules School. Through the McCarthy period he was regarded as involved with espionage, if the allegations had been true or fake is still unidentified. He got wedded to Priscilla Fansler Hobson in 1929. He was accused around enough time that Harry S. Truman was leader.

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Full Name Alger Hiss
Date Of Birth November 11, 1904
Died November 15, 1996, New York City, New York, United States
Place Of Birth Baltimore, MD
Profession Lawyer
Education Baltimore City College, Harvard Law School, Johns Hopkins University, Harvard University
Nationality American
Spouse Isabel Johnson, Priscilla Hobson
Children Tony Hiss
Parents Mary Lavinia Hughes, Charles Alger Hiss
Siblings Donald Hiss, Bosley Hiss, Mary Ann Hiss, Anna Hiss
Star Sign Scorpio

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1His wife was the ex-wife of Thayer Hobson, owner of book publisher William Morrow; after their divorce, Hobson married Laura Z. Hobson.
2In August 1948 former Communist Whittaker Chambers accused Hiss of being a fellow member of an underground Soviet spy cell named The Ware Group, which Chambers claimed was founded by the son of American Communist Party co-founder Ella Reeve. Hiss denied the allegation but was eventually convicted of perjury and sentenced to five years in federal prison.
3Biography in: "American National Biography". Supplement 1, pp. 272-274. New York: Oxford University Press, 2002.
4US State Department official accused of passing secrets to the Soviet government. Convicted of perjury in 1950.



The Mike Douglas Show1976TV SeriesHimself - Author / Attorney
The World at War1974TV Mini-Series documentaryHimself
Howard K. Smith1962TV SeriesHimself - Guest

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The 20th Century: A Moving Visual History1999TV Mini-Series documentaryHimself
Cold War1998TV Mini-Series documentaryHimself
Nixon1995Himself - Testifying before HUAC (uncredited)
The Trials of Alger Hiss1980DocumentaryHimself
McCarthy: Death of a Witch Hunter1975DocumentaryHimself
Project XX1960TV Series documentaryHimself - Accused of Spying

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