Alger Hiss Net Worth

Alger Hiss Net Worth is
$6 Million

Alger Hiss Biography

Alger Hiss (November 11, 1904 – November 15, 1996) was an American lawyer, government official, author, and lecturer. He was involved in the establishment of the United Nations both as a U.S. State Department and U.N. official. Hiss was accused of being a Soviet spy in 1948 and convicted of perjury in connection with this charge in 1950.On August 3, 1948, Whittaker Chambers, a former Communist Party member, testified under subpoena before the House Un-American Activities Committee (HUAC) that Hiss had secretly been a Communist, though not a spy, while in federal service. Called before HUAC, Hiss categorically denied the charge. When Chambers repeated his claim on nationwide radio, Hiss filed a defamation lawsuit against him.During the pretrial discovery process, Chambers produced new evidence indicating that he and Hiss had been involved in espionage, which both men had previously denied under oath to HUAC. A federal grand jury indicted Hiss on two counts of perjury; Chambers admitted to the same offense but, as a cooperating government witness, was never charged. Although Hiss's indictment stemmed from the alleged espionage, he could not be tried for that crime because the statute of limitations had expired. After a mistrial due to a hung jury, Hiss was tried a second time. In January 1950, he was found guilty on both counts of perjury and received two concurrent five-year sentences, of which he eventually served three and a half years. Hiss maintained his innocence until his death.Arguments about the case and the validity of the verdict took center stage in broader debates about the Cold War, McCarthyism, and the extent of Soviet espionage in the United States. Since Hiss's conviction, statements by involved parties and newly exposed evidence have added to the dispute. In 2001, James Barron, a staff reporter for The New York Times, identified what he called a "growing consensus that Hiss, indeed, had most likely been a Soviet agent". However, author Anthony Summers argued that since many relevant files continue to be unavailable, the Hiss controversy will continue to be debated.

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Quick Facts

Full NameAlger Hiss
Date Of BirthNovember 11, 1904
Place Of BirthBaltimore, Maryland, USA
ProfessionLawyer, Author, Official, Lecturer
EducationJohns Hopkins University, Baltimore City College, Harvard Law School, Harvard University
SpousePriscilla Fenster Hobson
ChildrenTony Hiss, Anthony Hiss
ParentsMary Lavinia Hughes, Charles Alger Hiss
SiblingsAnna Hiss, sister, Bosley Hiss, brother, Donald Hiss, brother, Mary Ann Hiss, sister
Star SignScorpio

Interesting Facts

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

Archive Footage

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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