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date: 26 February 2020

Niles, David K.locked

(23 November 1890–28 September 1952)
  • Barbara Blumberg

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Niles, David K. (23 November 1890–28 September 1952), liberal activist and government official, was born David K. Neyhus in Boston, Massachusetts, the son of Russian-Jewish immigrants Asher Kohen Neyhus, a tailor, and Sophie Berlin. Although he never legally changed his name, he probably began using the name “Niles” when he entered politics. Niles graduated from Boston Latin School but was too poor to go to college. Instead, he went to work in a department store. In search of intellectual stimulation, Niles began to attend Sunday lectures at Boston’s Ford Hall Forum. There he attracted the attention of its director, George W. Coleman, who invited the young man to become his assistant. During World War I, Coleman went to Washington to run the Information Office of the U.S. Department of Labor and took Niles along as an aide. Afterward Niles resumed his affiliation with the Ford Hall Forum, which he eventually headed....

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