Samuel Gompers, Date of Birth, Place of Birth, Date of Death


Samuel Gompers

American labor leader (AFL)

Date of Birth: 27-Jan-1850

Place of Birth: London

Date of Death: 13-Dec-1924

Profession: trade unionist

Nationality: United States

Zodiac Sign: Aquarius

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About Samuel Gompers

  • Samuel Gompers (January 27, 1850 – December 13, 1924) was a Jewish immigrant labor union leader and a key figure in American labor history.
  • Gompers founded the American Federation of Labor (AFL), and served as the organization's president from 1886 to 1894, and from 1895 until his death in 1924.
  • He promoted harmony among the different craft unions that comprised the AFL, trying to minimize jurisdictional battles.
  • He promoted through organization and collective bargaining, to secure shorter hours and higher wages, the first essential steps, he believed, to emancipating labor.
  • He also encouraged the AFL to take political action to "elect their friends" and "defeat their enemies".
  • He mostly supported Democrats, but sometimes Republicans.
  • He strongly opposed Socialists.
  • During World War I, Gompers and the AFL openly supported the war effort, attempting to avert strikes and boost morale while raising wage rates and expanding membership.

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