Robert Whitaker was a Baptist minister who served churches in Seattle; Salem, Oregon; Oakland and Los Gatos, California.
He was politically active throughout his ministry. participating in
socialism, communism, pacifism, the labor
movement, and the American Civil Liberties Union. He was
also a prolific author of articles and poetry contributed
to liberal religious and labor journals. He was once
arrested under the Criminal Syndicalism Act for
participating in a pacifist assembly, and later worked to
free labor activist Tom Mooney from prison. Whitaker counted among his
friends and collegues Upton Sinclair, Jack London, Fanny
Bixby Spencer, John Haynes Holmes, and Anna Louise Strong.
Robert Whitaker was born in Padiham, Lancashire, England in 1863, and moved with his family to the United States in 1869.
After working at a watch factory in Waltham, Massachusetts, Whitaker attended first Lawrence Academy in Croton, Massachusetts,
and then Andover-Newton Theological School. He began his pastoral work in Aguas Calientes, Mexico, where he worked as a missionary
from 1887-1888. Thereafter he held Baptist pastorates in Seattle, Washington; Salem, Oregon; and Oakland and Los Gatos, California.
His first wife, Ellen ("Ellie") died in 1901. In 1907 he married Claire Wall, who outlived him.
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