Alger Hiss was born on November 11, 1904 in Baltimore, Maryland. He worked in the administration of Franklin D. Roosevelt. In 1948, Whitaker Chambers accused Hiss of having been a member of an underground communist organization. Hiss denied this but was found guilty of two counts of perjury in 1950 (the statute of limitations on a treason charge had run out) and served more than three years of a five-year prison sentence. He released in 1954, still asserting his innocence until his death in 1996.
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