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Who Is That Man, Anyway?
Subject: Samuel Gompers
Sculptor: Robert Aitken
( 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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