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Samuel Gompers and Terence Powderly Samuel Gompers and Terence Powderly have some things in common as well as different Samuel Gompers was born in London England on January 27 1850 When he was only ten years old He dropped out of elementary school to be a shoemaker When he was thirteen years old his family moved from London England to New York He then became an immigrant cigar maker when he was fourteen years old He did this because he wanted to help his father make and sell cigars After living his wonderful life he died in 1924 Terence Powderly was born in Carbondale Pennsylvania 1849 He attended school until he was 13 years old and had a job as a railroad worker He later became an apprentice to a machinist and in 1871 he joined a local chapter of the Machinists and Blacksmiths International Union In 1879 the head of the order of the Knights of Labor Uriah Stephens retired Terence then was rewarded the leader of the Knights of Labor an all-exclusive union found in 1869 Terence Powderly died in 1924 The similarities of Terence and Samuel are that they both were involved with labor unions They both needed money to support their families and themselves They each dropped out of school at an early age Both started strikes for better working conditions and higher pay They both were fired from their jobs because of this cause They both were respected in their high positions Samuel became the President of the United States and Terence became the leader of the Knights of Labor Some of the differences were that Samuel dropped out of school at the age of ten years old to help his father with the cigar business Terence dropped out of school at thirteen years old to get into the railroad business They had different ideas on the effect of a strike
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