William B. Wilson, National Secretary Treasurer of the United Mine Workers of America circa 1908.
flipFlip to President Theodore Roosevelt, Wilkes-Barre, PA, 1902
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Head and shoulders, sepia photograph.

Credit: The American Catholic History Research Center and University Archives, Terence Vincent Powderly Photographic Prints

Taken out of school at the age of nine to work in the coal mines with his Scottish father, Pennsylvania’s William Wilson went on to become a founder and national leader of the United Mine Workers of America (UMWA), a congressman, and in 1913 the nation’s first secretary of the newly created Department of Labor.

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