1 26QUAKER HISTORY Former students have provided ample testimony concerning the effectiveness of Jesse Holmes's classroom performance. He was always probing, raising troublesome questions and often espousing shocking ideas. He was an enthusiastic participant in the Honors Program, but he was not inclined justice, a person whose honeymoon trip included a temperance lecture. to research and writing. His many interests precluded a scholarly life, even if he had desired to pursue one. He was a dedicated agitator for social groups whose concerns overlapped his. A major figure in Hicksite circles, he spoke to hundreds of Quaker gatherings expressing concerns for economic justice, racial equality, a more dynamic peace witness, civil liberties and other social issues. He was a co-founder of the AFSC and a traveling commissioner in Europe for the Friends Reconstruction Unit. In later life he became a newspaper columnist. He also spent fourteen summers on the Chautauqua circuit, and ran ior Congress and for governor of Pennsylvania on the Socialist ticket. Each of these activities brought a new audience and untold numbers were influenced and inspired by Jesse Holmes's words and deeds. Because he was such a brilliant speaker he was much in demand by various
Quaker History – Friends Historical Association
Published: Apr 4, 1980
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