1850 - - - - - 1924
Born in London, Jan. 27, 1850. Apprentice Shoemaker, 1860. U. S. Immigrant and member Cigarmakers Local 144, New York City, 1863. President, Local 144, 1876. Leader in convening Federation of Trades and Labor Unions, 1881. Founder and first President, American Federation of labor, 1886. Organizer of 28 Unions. For more than four decades the leader and moving spirit of the American Labor Movement, which still bears his stamp. Died in San Antonio, Texas, Dec. 13, 1924.
"My Work has been my life."
"What does Labor want? . . . . We want more school-houses and less jails, more books and less guns, more learning and less vice, more leisure and less greed, more justice and less revenge.
". . . We want more . . . . opportunities to cultivate our better nature, to make manhood more noble, womanhood more beautiful and child-hood more happy and bright."
- - Gompers
"He was a frontiersman, a pioneer; ?he built not for himself but for others. Greatly he wrought, wondrously he fought for Human Freedom."
- - Rabbi Stephen Wise