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Amos Archer


Amos Archer

Archer, Amos. (Amos, James Archer); b. February 16, 1897, Scranton, Mississippi (Santiago, Cuba); Single; Driver; CP 1931; received passport# 483125 (483135) on November 2, 1937 which listed his address as 845 Rose Street, and 18 N. Lane, both Youngstown, Ohio; Sailed November 12, 1937 aboard the Franconia; Arrived in Spain and entered the IB on December 2, 1937; Served with the XV BDE, Lincoln-Washington BN, Cocina, Head Cook, rank Soldado; Returned to the US on December 15, 1938 aboard the Paris; d. March 5, 1939, Youngstown, Ohio, murdered during a fight.

Source: Sail, SACB, Cadre, Pay, RA.



Amos Archer provided conflicting information on his place of birth. His passport information indicated that he was born in Scranton, Mississippi, on February 16, 1897. In Spain, however, Archer stated that he was born in Santiago, Cuba and that he moved to the United States in 1907. Little is known about Archer's childhood. At an unknown point he moved to Youngstown, Ohio where he worked as a truck driver. Archer joined the Communist party in 1931. Five years later he ran for election as a State Representative on the Communist ticket. Archer departed for Europe aboard the Franconia, on November 12, 1937. In Spain he served as a cook first for the U.S. training base in Tarazona, and later for the Lincoln-Washington Battalion. Archer returned to the United States aboard the Paris on December 15, 1938.On March 5, 1939, Archer was killed on March 5, 1939 in Youngstown, Ohio, in an incident related to his relationship with a woman. ~ Chris Brooks


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Amos Archer, Veterans of the Abraham Lincoln Brigade Photograph Collection; ALBA Photo 15; Series I Photographs 1930s-1990s, Box 1, Folder 8. Tamiment Library/Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives. Elmer Holmes Bobst Library, 70 Washington Square South, New York, NY 10012, New York University Libraries.

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Last Name Archer
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