Robert Noble
Historical Figure
Nationality: United States
Date of Birth: 1897
Date of Death: 20th century
Cause of Death: Unknown
Occupation: Activist, businessman, broadcaster
Military Branch: United States Navy
Political Party: Friends of Progress
Turtledove Appearances:
"News From the Front"
POD: December 8, 1941
Type of Appearance: Direct
Robert Noble (b. 1897) was an American real estate salesman, radio commentator and the originator of the Ham and Eggs California Pension Plan. He founded the anti-war group The Friends of Progress and was later a defendant in the Great Sedition Trial of 1944.

Noble was born Robert Coker and had his name legally changed in 1928. He enlisted in the U.S. Navy in November 1915 but later deserted and was imprisoned. Noble supported Socialist Upton Sinclair’s bid for governor of California in 1934 and ran Huey Long’s Share Our Wealth program in California.

Noble headed the organization The Friends of Progress during World War II. California Attorney General Earl Warren said the group was "subversive in character and is designed to destroy our war effort and with it our country." Noble freely admitted his admiration for Adolf Hitler's policies in Germany.

Robert Noble and his associate in Friends of Progress, Ellis O. Jones, were convicted of violating the California sedition law on August 11, 1942. Robert Noble was given a five year sentence. They were convicted for ridiculing President Franklin D. Roosevelt, Prime Minister Winston Churchill and other Allied war leaders. Two years later they were both defendants in a federal roundup of nationalists and isolationists in the Great Sedition Trial of 1944.

Robert Noble in "News From the Front"Edit

Robert Noble's Friends of Progress group sponsored a peace initiative that sent two parties of American entertainers to Germany and Japan, in an effort to bring peace between the United States and those countries.

Noble had been twice arrested, once on a charge of sedition and once on a charge of seditious libel. He was not prosecuted on either charge.[1]