Richard Morford

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Rev. Richard Morford of New York, a reported "Reverend", was identified as a member of the Communist Party USA (CPUSA), in the February 7, 1956, report and order of the Subversive Activities Control Board in the case of Herbert Brownell, Jr., Attorney General of the United States, petitioner, v. National Council of American-Soviet Friendship, Inc., Respondent, p. 21, and Appendix B, p. vii, reprinted in 1 SACB 448, (Information came from p. 68, Footnote 363, "Subversive Involvement in the Origin, Leadership and Activities of the New Mobilization Committee to End the War in Vietnam and Its Predecessor Organizations", Staff Study, 91st Congress, 2nd Session, House Internal Security Committee (HISC), 1970, including pp. 30, 47, and 70.

On page 70, Footnote 424, the HISC wrote this about Morford: "Morford has been executive director of the National Council of American-Soviet Friendship (NCASF) since 1946, according to the Daily World (DW), November 12, 1969, p. 9. For information as to his identification as a member of the Communist Party, see, above, Footnote 363."

Morford was one of at least five "claimed" clergymen/reverends who were either identified as members of the CPUSA under oath before Congress, or who took the Fifth Amendment against self incrimination when asked about the Party membership (based on information the Congressional committee(s) had. Other so-called "Reverends" included William Howard Melish, Joseph Fletcher, Stephen Fritchman, and Jack R. McMichael among others.[1].

All of the above named clergymen have records of supporting CPUSA fronts and causes going back as far as the 1940's, if not earlier, and their names appear in the "Index to Appendix IX", an index for the series of extensive reports on CPUSA fronts and cause which was published but never released to the public by the Special Committee on Un-American Activities, (SPCUA), 1944.

Herbert Aptheker Testimonial Dinner

On April 28, 1966 Richard Morford was a sponsor of the Herbert Aptheker Testimonial Dinner. The dinner was held on the occasion of Herbert Aptheker's 50th birthday, the publication of his 20th book, and the 2nd anniversary of the American Institute for Marxist Studies. It was held in the Sutton Ballroom, The New York Hilton, Avenue of the Americas, 53rd to 54th Street, New York City. Most speakers, organizers and sponsors were known members or supporters of the Communist Party USA.[2]

New World Review publication

Morford was a contributor to the cited CPUSA front publication New World Review (NWR), Fall 1967 edition, "50 Years of the USSR: November 7, 1917 -- November 7, 1967". His article was entitled "The Movement for US-USSR Understanding", pp. 173-183.

World Peace Council

In the late 1970s, the Information Centre of the Soviet front World Peace Council, Helsinki Finland, published a booklet naming members of the organization, worldwide.[3]

We publish in this booklet a list of members of the World Peace Council elected at the Council's Session in Warsaw in 1977.

U.S. members listed, included; Rev. Richard Morford, Executive Director, American-Soviet Friendship National Council.

World Assembly for Peace, Berlin 1969

Morford was on the official "Provisional List of Participants" of the Soviet peace front operation known as the World Peace Assembly which was held in East Berlin, June 21-24, 1969. Morford was listed in the House Internal Security Committee Staff Study/report on "Subversive Involvement in the Origin, Leadership and Activities of the New Mobilization Committee (New Mobe) to End the War in Vietnam and Its Predecessor Organizations", 1970, p. 30, as one of these participants and describe in item (13) as "Rev. Richard Morford, member of the organizing committee for the World Peace Assembly and an identified member of the Communist Party USA (Ft 363)" as cited above.(GPO Subdoc No. 45-163 O).

We Will Make Peace Prevail!

On March 28, 1982 the New World Review organized a gala luncheon "We Will Make Peace Prevail! Disarmament Over Confrontation, Life Over Death", at the Grand Ballroom, Hotel Roosevelt, New York City. Virtually all participants were identified as Communist Party USA.

Richard Morford and Aileen Morford were was listed on the Committee of Sponsors.[4]


  1. Trial By Treason:The National Committee to Secure Justice for the Rosenbergs and Morton Sobell, House Document No. 206, 8th Congress, 1st Session, House Committee on Un-American Activities (HCUA) (HUAC), August 25, 1956, esp. pp. 100-103, including information on the cited CPUSA front, the Method Federation for Social Action (MFSA), one of the oldest CPUSA fronts in existence
  2. Dinner Program for the Herbert Aptheker Dinner, April 28, 1966
  3. WORLD PEACE COUNCIL LIST OF MEMBERS 1977-1980, Information Centre of the World Peace Council Lönnrotinkatu 25 A 5 krs 00180 Helsinki 18 Finland
  4. We Will Make Peace Prevail! event brochure