J. Theodore Harris

J. Theodore Harris (1870-1958) was a founder member of the Socialist Quaker Society (together with his wife Mary O’Brien Harris).  He was a very active member of the War and Social Order Committee; the testimony written after his death claimed that “his service on the War and Social Order Committee was largely responsible for Yearly Meeting’s adoption of the ‘Eight Points of a True Social Order’ [sic]”. He was a teacher and political activist, interested in practical social experiments. At one point in the 1930s he set up an experimental shop where goods could be exchanged without the use of cash, to benefit unemployed miners; it fell foul of legislation that was designed to prevent employers exploiting workers through the ‘company store’.