New York, New York , United States
|| July 25, 1907
|Died||October 31, 1983
May 19, 2006 09:06pm
|Info||Farrell Dobbs, the son of a coal miner, was born in Queen City, Missouri in 1907. After being educated at North High School in Minneapolis he moved to North Dakota in search of work. At this time he held conservative political views and supported the Republican Party and in 1928 voted for Herbert Hoover. |
Dobbs worked for the Pittsburgh Coal Company in Minneapolis and as a member of the Teamsters became involved in an industrial dispute in 1934. Dobbs was radicalized by the strike and soon afterwards joined the Communist League of America, a organization influenced by the ideas of Leon Trotsky.
In 1936 Dobbs became recording secretary of Teamsters Local 574 and by the following year it had 125,000 members. Eventually the president of the Teamsters, Dan Tobin, recruited Dobbs as a national organizer but in 1939 he decided to work full-time for the Socialist Workers Party (SWP).
Dobbs travelled to Mexico to meet Leon Trotsky in 1940. Soon after arriving back in the United States he was arrested under the Alien Registration Act. He was detained in Sandstone Prison and was not released until after the end of the Second World War.
After his release Dobbs became editor of The Militant and replaced James Cannon as national secretary of the Socialist Workers Party in 1953.
Dobbs was nominated as the first SWP candidate for President in 1948 and served as the party's nominee in the elections of 1952, 1956, and 1960. His greatest vote was recorded in 1960 when he received 40,166 votes. He retired as the SWP's national secretary in 1972 and died on 31st October, 1983 in Alameda CA.