Terre Haute in Vigo County, Indiana — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
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
- - Rabbi Stephen Wise
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Labor Unions. A significant historical date for this entry is January 27, 1860.
Location. 39° 28.313′ N, 87° 24.314′ W. Marker is in Terre Haute, Indiana, in Vigo County. Marker can be reached from North 8th Street south of Spruce Street. Located in back-yard of the Eugene Debs home (museum). Can be reached by a back access drive from Sycamore Street - west of North 9th Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: (back yard of) 451 North 8th Street, Terre Haute IN 47801, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Walter Philip Reuther (here, next to this marker); Michael J. Quill (here, next to this marker); William H. Sylvis (here, next to this marker); Jerry Wurf (here, next to this marker); Joseph A. Beirne (here, next to this marker); Patrick J. Quinlan (here, next to this marker); Philip Murray (here, next to this marker); Peter J. McGuire (here, next to this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Terre Haute.
Also see . . . The Samuel Gompers Papers. University of Maryland website entry (Submitted on August 16, 2012, by Al Wolf of Veedersburg, Indiana.)
Credits. This page was last revised on August 10, 2022. It was originally submitted on August 16, 2012, by Al Wolf of Veedersburg, Indiana. This page has been viewed 611 times since then and 50 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on August 16, 2012, by Al Wolf of Veedersburg, Indiana. 4. submitted on August 16, 2012.