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FBI Loyalty Investigation Report on Niebuhr

FEDERAL BUREAU OF INVESTIGATION
14275

REPORT MADE AT: Chicago, Illinois
DATE WHEN MADE: 2/2/42
PERIOD FOR WHICH MADE: 1/29/42
REPORT MADE BY: [blacked out] b7c
TITLE: Reinhold Niebuhr
CHARACTER OF CASE: Office for Emergency Management–Special Inquiry

SYNOPSIS OF FACTS:
Applicant attended Elmhurst Academy from
September 4, 1907, graduating in June 1910.
Average grades 87.3. Attendance satis-
factory. No disciplinary action taken.
[blacked out] recommends
applicant, is active in Evangelical and
Reform Church. Reputation good, is patriotic,
loyal, energetic, ambitious, industrious
and could retain confidential information.
Family reputation good. Applicant on verge
of nervous breakdown, health much better at
present time. Check of Chicago indices re-
flects applicant a member of Loyal Americans
of German Descent and a sponsor of the
American Committee for the Protection of the
Foreign born.

REFERENCE: Bureau letter to New York Field Division,
copy to Chicago, dated January 26, 1942./

DETAILS: [blacked out], Elmhurst College, exhibited the scholastic record of the applicant which reflected the applicant enrolled in the Elmhurst Academy on September 4, 1907 and graduated in June 1910. Average grades 87.3. Attendance satisfactory. No disciplinary action taken against him.

APPROVED AND FORWARDED: [name unintelligible]

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2 Chicago

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Paul Elie

is senior editor at Farrar, Straus and Giroux and author of The Life You Save May Be Your Own: An American Pilgrimage.

Jean Bethke Elshtain

is an author and Laura Spelman Rockefeller Professor of Social and Political Ethics at the University of Chicago Divinity School.

Robin Lovin

is Cary M. Maguire University Professor of Ethics at the Perkins School of Theology at Southern Methodist University, and the author of Reinhold Niebuhr and Christian Realism.

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