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John Howard Lawson

Born: Sep 25, 1894

Death: Aug 11, 1977

Birthplace: New York City

Profession: Writer

Nationality: United States

John Howard Lawson

Date of Birth : Sep 25, 1894
Date of Death : Aug 11, 1977
Birth Place : New York City

John Howard Lawson was an American writer. He was for several years head of the Hollywood division of the Communist Party USA. He was also the organization's cultural manager and answered directly to V.J. Jerome, the Party's New York-based cultural chief. He was the first president of the Writers Guild of America, West after the Screen Writers Guild divided into two regional organizations. Lawson's enduring claim to fame comes not from his writing but from the fact that he was one of the members of the Hollywood Ten, the first group of American film industry professionals to be blacklisted during the Second Red Scare.


  • Writer
  • Screenwriter
  • Playwright

Also known as

  • Jack
  • Edward Lewis


  • Simeon Levy
  • Belle Hart Lawson


  • Kate Drain Lawson
  • Susan Edmond


  • Susan Amanda Lawson
  • Jeffery Edmond Lawson
  • Alan Drain Lawson
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