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Terre Haute in Vigo County, Indiana — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

Peter J. McGuire

 

—Father of Labor Day —

 
Peter J. McGuire Marker image. Click for full size.
Courtesy :: Marilyn S. Wolf, August 12, 2012
1. Peter J. McGuire Marker
Inscription.
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”.
 
Erected 1990 by United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners of America.
 
Location. 39° 28.311′ N, 87° 24.314′ W. Marker is in Terre Haute, Indiana, in Vigo County. Marker can be reached from North 8th
Eugene Debs Home (Museum) image. Click for full size.
By Al Wolf, July 6, 2008
2. Eugene Debs Home (Museum)
Street south of Spruce Street. Click for map. Located in back-yard of Eugene Debs home (museum). Can be reached by a back access drive from Sycamore Street - west of North 9th Street. Marker is at or near this postal address: (back yard of) 451 North 8th Street, Terre Haute IN 47801, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 14 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Patrick J. Quinlan (here, next to this marker); Joseph A. Beirne (here, next to this marker); Jerry Wurf (here, next to this marker); William H. Sylvis (here, next to this marker); Walter Philip Reuther (here, next to this marker); Samuel Gompers (here, next to this marker); Michael J. Quill (here, next to this marker); Philip Murray (here, next to this marker); Patrick E. Gorman (here, next to this marker); Mother Jones (a few steps from this marker); Sidney Hillman (a few steps from this marker); Charles Luna (a few steps from this marker); William D. "Big Bill" Haywood (a few steps from this marker); Home of Eugene V. Debs (within shouting distance of this marker). Click for a list of all markers in Terre Haute.
 
Also see . . .
1. Who Actually Invented Labor Day? : :. (Submitted on August 17, 2012, by Al Wolf of Veedersburg, Indiana.)
2. Leaders of Industrial Unionism ::. (Submitted on August 26, 2012, by Al Wolf of Veedersburg, Indiana.)
Peter J. McGuire Marker - - (First from Right) image. Click for full size.
Courtesy :: Marilyn S. Wolf, August 12, 2012
3. Peter J. McGuire Marker - - (First from Right)

3. Biography of Peter J. McGuire - (Courtesy - New York City District Council of Carpenters). (Submitted on September 1, 2013, by Al Wolf of Veedersburg, Indiana.)
 
Categories. Labor Unions
 
Peter J. McGuire (1852 – 1906) image. Click for full size.
Courtesy :: Wikipedia Commons
4. Peter J. McGuire (1852 – 1906)
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Al Wolf of Veedersburg, Indiana. This page has been viewed 524 times since then and 8 times this year. This page was the Marker of the Week Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by Al Wolf of Veedersburg, Indiana.   4. submitted on . This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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