Leonard D. Abbott

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Leonard Dalton Abbott was one of nine people who founded the Rand School of Social Research.[1] He was also a founding member of the Intercollegiate Socialist Society.

In 1902, Abbott helped convert Upton Sinclair to socialism. At an anniversary dinner for the League for Industrial Democracy he said: "Upton Sinclair, also a founder, was a second magnet. I had helped to convert him to Socialism, and he, in turn, gave me assignments to visit Columbia, Wesleyan, and other universities in the interest of our ideals."[2]


  1. Moves To Close the Rand School, The New York Times
  2. Thirty-five years of educational pioneering; L.I.D. celebrates past achievements and asks "Where do we go from here?"