Terre Haute in Vigo County, Indiana — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
Patrick J. Quinlan
United Association of Journeyman and
Apprentices of the Plumbing and
Pipefitting Industry of the
United States and Canada
1889 - 1892
A plumber born in Boston, Massachusetts, Patrick J. Quinlan was a member of an independent local of plumbers prior to the founding of the UA. In 1889, he began corresponding with Richard A. O’Brien, Secretary of the Knights of Labor District Assembly 85, and Philip Grace, Editor of the Pipe Trades Labor Journal, The Rasp, with the intention of forming one, united organization in the pipe trades.
Quinlan was elected President of the fledgling organization at the founding convention in October, 1889. When he died in 1893, his obituary read: “All members of the United Association know that in his demise they have lost a self-sacrificing member who never shirked a duty, and who was ever present when needed.”
Erected 1990 by United Association of Plumbers and Pipefitters.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this Labor Unions. A significant historical month for this entry is October 1889.
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 Street south of Spruce Street. 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. 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. Joseph A. Beirne (here, next to this marker); Peter J. McGuire (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). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Terre Haute.
Also see . . . United Association History. Website homepage (Submitted on November 28, 2021, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York.)
Credits. This page was last revised on March 26, 2022. It was originally submitted on August 18, 2012, by Al Wolf of Veedersburg, Indiana. This page has been viewed 736 times since then and 51 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on August 18, 2012, by Al Wolf of Veedersburg, Indiana.