Peter J. McGuire

Peter J. McGuire (HM13P5)

Location: Terre Haute, IN 47807 Vigo County
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Country: United States of America
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N 39° 28.311', W 87° 24.314'

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— Father of Labor Day —

1852 - 1906

Founder and General Secretary
United Brotherhood of Carpenters
and Joiners of America
1881 - 1901

Father of Labor Day

Peter J. McGuire was founder of the United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners of America in 1881 and its General Secretary until 1901. He created the largest construction / industrial international union in North America.

In the year 1881, McGuire helped to found the Confederation of American Trade Unions which later became the American Federation of Labor. He served as the AFL's First Secretary, and served many years on its Executive Council.

During his lifetime, McGuire, the son of Irish immigrants, traveled throughout the land fighting for workers rights, leading campaigns for protective laws.

One of his outstanding accomplishments was the establishment of the Eight-hour Day.

He is known as "The Father of Labor Day".
HM NumberHM13P5
Year Placed1990
Placed ByUnited Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners of America
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Date Added Tuesday, October 21st, 2014 at 4:31pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)16S E 465144 N 4369218
Decimal Degrees39.47185000, -87.40523333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 39° 28.311', W 87° 24.314'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds39° 28' 18.66" N, 87° 24' 18.84" W
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Area Code(s)812, 765
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 260 N 8th St, Terre Haute IN 47807, US
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