Whittaker Chambers

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Birthday
1, 1901
Birthplace
Philadelphia, PA
Death Date
Jul 9, 1961 (60)
Birth Sign
Aries
Birthday
1, 1901
Birthplace
Philadelphia, PA
Death Date
Jul 9, 1961 (60)

About

American writer known for his famous book Witness, who worked as a Soviet spy in the 1930's. He later defected from the Communists and devoted his life to renouncing the movement.

Before Fame

He was writer and editor for the University of Columbia's literary magazine The Morningside.

Trivia

Following his defection from Communism, he testified against Alger Hiss, who worked in the Department of State and was part of a secret underground Communist cell in Washington, D.C..

Family Life

He married artist Esther Shemitz in the early 30's.

Associated With

He was awarded a posthumous Medal of Freedom by U.S. President Ronald Reagan.