Sponsored by Des Chutes Historical Museum and the Oregon Historical Society

“Comrade Johns: Oregon’s Socialist Candidate for President in the 1920s”

at Old St. Francis

Oregon Encyclopedia History Night

presented by

Nate Pedersen, M.Sc., M.L.S.

  • 6 p.m. doors; 7 p.m. event |
  • Free |
  • All ages welcome

About “Comrade Johns: Oregon’s Socialist Candidate for President in the 1920s”

Frank T. Johns, carpenter and Portland native, ran twice for president with the Socialist Labor Party in 1924 and 1928. While on the campaign trail in 1928, Johns drowned in Bend in a failed attempt to save the life of a boy who fell into the Deschutes River during Johns’s stump speech. This history pub will set Johns’s personal biography against the wider drama of the Socialist movement in the 1920s, when Socialism was a viable – even winnable – political philosophy in the United States.

About the Speaker
Nate Pedersen, M.Sc., M.L.S., is a community librarian with Deschutes Public Library, a freelance journalist, and a Board Member of the Des Chutes Historical Museum.

About Oregon Encyclopedia History Night


The Oregon Encyclopedia hosts a series of History Nights in collaboration with McMenamins pubs. Come join us for an enlightening evening of history, served up with food and a pint or two of good beer, and find out more about the history and culture of our state from OE authors. Bring your encyclopedia-worthy Oregon stories to share with the OE Editors-in-Chief.

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