Rev. John F. Cronin
influential, politically conservative Catholic
priest, Father Cronin prepared reports on American
Communists for the Catholic Church and the U.S.
Chamber of Commerce. In his reports, he named
Alger Hiss as a Party member while in the Agricultural
Adjustment Administration. Cronin's source for
this information was Whittaker
Chambers. One of Cronin's reports, given
to Richard Nixon
in 1948, inspired the first-term Congressman
to contact Chambers, setting in motion the chain
of events that would eventually lead to Hiss
being jailed for perjury.