Bartley Crum

Bartley Cavanaugh Crum (1900-December 9, 1959) was a prominent American lawyer.

Bartley Crum was a confidant of William Randolph Hearst and the 1940 U.S. Presidential candidate Wendel Willkie. A Roman Catholic, Crum was a member of the Anglo-American Commission of Inquiry on Palestine in 1945 that advised President Harry Truman to support the opening of the British Mandate of Palestine to unrestricted Jewish immigration, and to allow the creation of a Jewish state. His book, "Behind the Silken Curtain a Personal Account of Anglo-American Diplomacy in Palestine and the Middle East" was published by Simon & Schuster in 1947. He was publisher of the New York Star newspaper until its close in January 1947.

Crum was the attorney for some of the so-called "Hollywood Ten" who were subpoenaed to appear before the House Un-American Activities Committee in 1949. The FBI tapped Crum's phones, opened his mail, and shadowed him constantly. Labeled as subversive ,cite news
last = Bosworth
first = Patricia
title = Hollywood Blacklist, per the Daughter of Bartley Crum
publisher = "The New York Times"
date = April 20, 1997
url =
accessdate = 2008-02-11
] he ended up losing most of his clients and, unable to cope with stress from the harassment, committed suicide in 1959 by washing down an entire bottle of Seconal with whisky. His son, Bartley Crum, Jr., had committed suicide in 1953 by shooting himself with his grandfather's gun in his freshman year at Reed College.cite news
last = Fitzgerald
first = Brian
title = Life without father
work = Office of University Relations. Vol. IV No. 28
publisher = "B.U. Bridge"
date = March 30, 2001
url =
accessdate = 2008-02-11
] Crum's daughter, Patricia Bosworth, is a successful writer.


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