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Pat Fagan, UMW District 5 leader, addressing gathering of miners in the mid-1930s.
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Image of Pat Fagan standing on a platform addressing a crowd of miners.

Credit: Archives and Labor Collection, Archives Service Center, University of Pittsburgh

A tough union organizer who once defended himself with deadly force, Pat Fagan worked closely with United Mine Workers" president Philip Murray, who had boarded with Fagan's family in his teens, in organizing drives for the UMW, Congress of Industrial Organizations (CIO), and the United Steelworkers of America (USWA). In 1968 Fagan shared his life story in an oral history interview, now part of the Oral History Collection at the Penn State Labor Archives.

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