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Statue / monument of Samuel Gompers in Washington DC by Sculptor Robert Aitken  Subject: Samuel Gompers
 Year: 1933
 Sculptor: Robert Aitken
 Location: Downtown
( Massachusetts Ave. & 10th )

Samuel Gompers (1850-1924) was born in London, England and emigrated to the United States in 1863. He trained as a cigar maker and joined the Cigarmaker's International Union. He became active in union politics and the labor movement.

Originally a Marxist, he became an advocate of "business unionism." He helped to found the American Federation of Labor and served as its first president.

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