Leader of the American Federation of Labor
An American labor union leader that was a key figure in American labor history. He founded the American Federation of Labor (AFL) and served as the group's president till his death in 1924.
He promoted harmony among the different unions that comprised the AFL, trying to minimize territorial battles. He also claimed workers should work with dignity and create fair opportunities. He helped secure shorter working hours and higher wages. He also encouraged members to be politically clever and elect people that would bring them closer to their objectives.