John Nevin Sayre

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The Reverend John Nevin Sayre, (February 4, 1884 - September 13, 1977), brother of US State Department official Francis B. Sayre, Sr., was an Episcopal minister, peace activist, and author. He was an active member of the Fellowship of Reconciliation (FOR) and helped found the Episcopal Peace Fellowship.


Sayre promoted peace and supported conscientious objectors throughout the world through magazines he edited (The World Tomorrow and Fellowship), books that he wrote, and various peace organizations he belonged to or founded.


Sayre taught nonviolent techniques at the Brookwood Labor College.[1]

Hiss Case[edit]

Whittaker Chambers's wife Esther Shemitz and her friend Grace Lumpkin worked for Sayre on the staff of The World Tomorrow magazine during the 1920s.[2][3][4][5][6]

Later, Sayre's brother Francis had Alger Hiss reporting to him at the State Department, then declined to testify on Hiss's behalf.


  1. ^ Applebaum, Patricia Faith (2009). Kingdom to Commune: Protestant Pacifist Culture Between World War I and the Vietnam Era. Chapel Hill, N.C: University of North Carolina Press. p. 148. 
  2. ^ Lumpkin, Grace (1995) [1932]. To Make My Bread. University of Illinois Press. pp. introduction. ISBN 0-252-06501-8. 
  3. ^ Chambers, Whittaker (1952). Witness. Random House. pp. 265–266. ISBN 0-89526-571-0. 
  4. ^ Weinstein, Allen (1978). Perjury: The Hiss-Chambers Case. Knopf. pp. 91, 96. ISBN 0-394-49546-2. 
  5. ^ Janet, Lee (1999). Comrades and Partners: The Shared Lives of Grace Hutchins and Anna Rochester. Rowman and Littlefield. p. 153. ISBN 0-8476-9620-0. 
  6. ^ Meier, Andrew (2008). The Lost Spy. W. W. Norton. p. 373. ISBN 0-393-06097-7. 

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