Bloor, Ella Reeve
1862 - Ella Reeve Bloor was born on Staten Island, on the 8th of July. American political organizer and writer who was active as an American socialist and communist, both as a candidate for public office and in labour actions in several industries.
1881 - Married Lucian Ware when she was nineteen. She raised a large family while becoming a women's rights activist.
- Became involved in Women's Christian Temperance Union (WCTU) and women's suffrage.
1895 - Wrote the book "Three Little Lovers of Nature".
1896 - She studied at the University of Pennsylvania.
1897 - She joined with Eugene Debs and Victor Berger to form the Social Democratic Party (SDP).
1898 - She moved to the more radical Socialist Labor Party that was led by Daniel De Leon.
1899 - Authored the book "Talks About Authors and Their Work".
1902 - Became a member of the Socialist Party of America (SPA).
- Became increasingly devoted to labour and left-wing causes, joining the Socialist Part.
1905 - She helped a fellow member of the Socialist Party of America, the author, Upton Sinclair, to gather information on the Chicago stockyards.
- She ran unsuccessfully as secretary of state for Connecticut and lieutenant governor of New York.
1906 - She adopted the pen name Mrs. Richard Bloor while doing investigative reporting for Upton Sinclair.
1919 - She joined with others to form the Communist Party U.S.A.
1921-1922 - Attended the Second International conventions in Moscow.
1932 - She helped found the American Communist Party and became a long-serving member of its Central Committee.
- She married her third husband, then travelled in the Midwest organizing farmers and leading farmers' strikes.
1938-1940 - She lectured widely and wrote several books, including Women in the Soviet Union, and an autobiography, We Are Many.
1941 - Became an advocate of American participation in the Second World War.
1951 - She died in Richlandtown, Pennsylvania on 10th of August.
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