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Lamont, Corliss

Born: 1902 AD
Died: 1995 AD
Nationality: American
Categories: Activists

1902 – Born on May 28th in Englewood, New Jersey. American humanist philosopher, author, and socialist, who was the son of the chairman of the J.P. Morgan investment bank but devoted his life to fighting for radical causes.

1924 – At the Geneva School of International Studies, Lamont went to Oxford, where he took Philosophy, Politics and Economics at New College.

1925 – Worked on a PhD thesis at Columbia University, under Professor Frederick Woodbridge, an outstanding humanist philosopher, and also studied with Professor John Dewey, a leading American naturalist philosopher.

1928-1932 – Lamont was invited back to Columbia as instructor of philosophy. A post he resigned in order to write, and become involved with the American Civil Liberties Union.

1947 – Lamont returned to Columbia to teach a course of Naturalistic Humanism.

1949 – His book Philosophy of Humanism went into seven editions.

1951 – Lamont applied for renewal of his passport, his application was refused on the grounds that his travel abroad would be contrary to the best interests of the United States.

1953 – Lamont was subpoenaed at 24 hours’ notice to appear before a Congressional Hearing in New York. He defended himself, stating in answer to accusations, "I am not a Communist and never have been".

         – He withdrew from the ACLU to join the Executive of the National Emergency Civil Liberties Committee which was supporting civil liberty cases in the courts.

1995 – Died on April 26th.