Robert Morss Lovett

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Robert Morss Lovett was a radical activist, professor, Secretary of the Virgin Islands,[1] and editor of The New Republic in 1921.[2] When the League for Industrial Democracy was first formed, he was the President of the group,[3] and was also on the executive committee of Margaret Sanger's American Birth Control League.[4]

He was the subject of the 1943 case United States v. Lovett.

Early life

Lovett was born in Boston on Christmas Day, 1870. He entered Harvard University in 1888, where he became associated with Norman Hapgood, Robert Herrick and the poets Trumbull Stickney, Philip Henry Savage, and William Vaughn Moody. The year of his graduation, 1892, Mr. Lovett became assistant in English at Harvard University, and the following year instructor in English there. In 1893 he came to the University of Chicago as assistant instructor in rhetoric, and from 1896 to 1904 was assistant professor in English. From 1904 to 1909 he was associate professor, and then became professor.[5]


  • Richard Gresham, (1904)
  • A Winged Victory, (1907)


  1. (1996) On Constitutional Ground. Princeton University Press, 91. 
  2. (1921) The World Tomorrow, Volumes 4-5. 
  3. (1922) The challenge of waste, 2. 
  4. Birth Control: What it Is, how it Works, what it Will Do
  5. (1917) The Drama, Volume 7.