Richard O. Boyer
Richard Owen Boyer was born on January 10, 1903, in Chicago.
Boyer co-founders the Boston Newspaper Guild.
Before appearing at a Senate hearing, he had written for the Daily Worker. He was implicated in Winston Burdett's June 1955 testimony before the Senate Internal Security Subcommittee hearings as a Communist. The Senate subpoenaed Boyer in November 1955 and he testified the next January. At the hearing, Boyer refused to answer questions about his affiliations with the Communist Party, under the protection of the First and Fifth Amendment. He was one of many witnesses in 1956 called by the Subcommittee in an "inquiry into New York press. To questions of whether he was a Communist or whether others were party members, the write invoked both his First and Fifth Amendments. Privately, however, Boyer identified himself as a Communist, saying that he had been a party member from the 1930s until 1956, when Nikita Khrushchev, the then Soviet leader, disclosed the secrets of the Stalin regime."
Boyer died age 70 on August 7, 1973.
- Boyer, Richard O. (1948). If This Be Treason. New Century Publishers. Retrieved 19 November 2020.
- "Richard Boyer, 70, Biographer and New Yorker Writer Dies". The New York Times. August 9, 1973. Retrieved September 10, 2019.