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Robert Noble (born Robert Coker, ca. 1897) was a 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.
Robert Noble was born Robert Coker and had his name legally changed in 1928. He was born into a pacifist family who encouraged him to pursue religious studies.  As a result of his upbringing he became a divinity student. He enlisted in the US Navy in November 1915 but later deserted and was sent to Portsmouth Prison.
Nobel headed the organization The Friends of Progress during World War II. Earl Warren who was California Attorney General and later US Supreme Court Justice said the Friends of Progress "is subversive in character and is designed to destroy our war effort and with it our country."
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 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.
- ↑ Pensions, Politics, and the Elderly: Historic Social Movements and Their Lessons for Our Aging Society
- ↑ CONSPIRATORIAL POLITICS: THE FRIENDS OF PROGRESS AND CALIFORNIA’S RADICALS OF THE RIGHT IN CALIFORNIA DURING WORLD WAR TWO, page 14
- ↑ St. Petersburg Times, May 2, 1944
- ↑ St. Petersburg Times, July 12, 1942