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Samuel Gompers was born on January 27 1850 in London At the age of 10 despite attending The Jews Free School as a good student Samuel left to apprentice a shoe maker Shortly there after he changed his trade to become a cigar maker in the steps of his father In 1864 he and his family moved to New York were he and his father continued their trade In 1864 Samuel became a member of the Cigar Makers Union Three years later he was married and one more after that a father In 1874he was elected president of the local 144 which he also helped find By this time he was participating in meetings of the International Working Mens Association the Economics and Sociological Club and the Working Mens Party of the United States As one of the chief founders of the Federation of Organized Trades and Labor Council he was also president in a matter of speaking Gompers fought to educate the public on working class issued and prepare labor legislation He also worked for school attendance laws the regulation of child labor laws and the eight hour work day In 1886the Federation of Organized Trades and Labor Council was reconstructed due to lack of funds and power Gompers along with PJ McGuire a long time associate emerged with the American Federation of Labor in December 1886 At this time Gompers finally received his official title as president of the federation Which he held for the rest of his life excluding 1895 He also served as vice president of the CMIU an international union In 1890 the American Federation of Labor only represented a mire 250000 workers but in two years they would come to represent over 1 million During WWII Gompers was appointed a member of the Advisory Committee to the Advisory Committee to the Council of National Defense by Woodrow Wilson At the end of the war Samuel attended the
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