Lement Harris

Lement Upham "Lem" Harris (March 1, 1904 – 21 September 2002) was a member of the American Communist Party.

Lement Upham Harris
Born(1904-03-01)March 1, 1904
DiedSeptember 21, 2002(2002-09-21) (aged 98)
EducationHarvard University (1926)
Parent(s)John Francis Harris


Lement U. Harris, known to his friends as "Lem," was the son of John Francis Harris (c. 1875–1941), the founder of the Wall Street brokerage firm of Harris, Winthrop, and Company.[1][2] He graduated from Harvard University in 1926.

Harris went to work on a farm in Pennsylvania for three years. He was invited to Russia by Harold Ware, one of the American Communist Party's leading agricultural experts. He returned to the United States convinced that the Soviet system was superior to the West. Once back in the United States he conducted a nine-month survey of life in rural agricultural America. They published their results in The American Farmer. Harris then joined the Communist Party, and remained a member until his death on September 21, 2002.[3]

Lem Harris' papers reside at the University of Iowa in Iowa City.[4]


  1. ^ "John Francis Harris". New York Times. April 15, 1941. George Upham Harris, Henry Upham Harris, John Upham Harris, and Lement Upham Harris. Funeral private.
  2. ^ "Harris Estate to Widow. Five Children Will Share It After Her Life Interest Ends". New York Times. April 30, 1941. Retrieved 2008-08-03. After paying claims, on the death of Mrs. Harris, $100000, if it is not more than 5 per cent of the estate, will be put in trust for a son, Lement Harris of ...
  3. ^ "Papers of Lement Harris". University of Iowa. Retrieved 2008-07-24.
  4. ^ "Papers of Lement Harris Manuscript Register," University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA.

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