Secretary of Labor William B. Wilson with his staff of directors, circa 1913.
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A large group of men sitting at and standing around a desk, posing for a group photograph.

Credit: Courtesy of David and Bev Jones,

As Chairman of the Committee on Labor, Pennsylvania Congressman William B. Wilson, a founder and leader of the United Mine Workers of America, was instrumental in the passage of act that created the U. S. Department of Labor in 1913. That same year, President Woodrow Wilson appointed him the nation’s first Secretary of Labor, a position he would hold for the next eight years.

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