J. Graham Phelps Stokes (Library of Congress, undated)

Born: March 18, 1872

Died: 1960

Married: Rose Pastor (ended in divorce in 1925)


James Graham Phelps Stokes was a son of Anson Phelps Stokes. He was an American millionaire socialist writer, political activist, and philanthropist. He is best remembered as a founding member and key figure in the Intercollegiate Socialist Society and as the husband of Rose Pastor Stokes, a radical union organizer and activist in the Communist Party of America. The news of their engagement ran on the front page of the New York Times on April 6, 1905, with a headline reading "J. G. Phelps Stokes to Wed Young Jewess—Engagement of Member of Old New York Family Announced—Both Worked on East Side." The article sensationalized the romantic story and the sharp contrasts in background between the two, calling her the "Cinderella of the sweatshops."

Graham Phelps Stokes split with the Socialist Party of America over the question of American participation in World War I, objecting to the party's staunchly antimilitarist stance. He separated from his wife and left radical politics during this period.

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