BirthdayJanuary 27, 1850
BirthplaceLondon, UK

Celebrity biographies

  1. About Samuel Gompers

    Full name: Samuel Gompers
    Also known as: Samuel Gompers, Gompers, Samuel
    Professions: American labor leader
    Work: AF of L President
    Occupation: Labor leader, cigar maker

  2. Samuel Gompers Death information

    Died: Saturday, 13th of December, 1924 (Age: 74)

  3. Samuel Gompers Biography

    Samuel Gompers (January 27, 1850 – December 13, 1924) was an English-born American cigar maker who became a 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 "thorough" 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". During World War I, Gompers and the AFL openly supported the war effort, attempting to avoid strikes and boost morale while raising wage rates and expanding membership.

  4. Samuel Gompers Family

    Spouse: Gertrude Gleaves Neuscheler

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