John Brophy (third from left) standing with other national CIO leaders for a press photo, March 1, 1937.
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Black and white press photograph of seven men dressed in suits, standing behind a desk. On the wall, in the upper left hand corner of the photograph is a picture of Abraham Lincoln.

Credit: Courtesy of The Catholic University of America, Department of Archives, Manuscripts, and Museum Collections,

Booted from the UMWA in 1926 by John L. Lewis, John Brophy remained outside the American labor movement until Lewis (standing in the middle) brought him back again in 1933. After formation of the Committee for Industrial Organizations in 1935, Brophy served as its first executive director during its first great organizing campaigns. He would remain an important figure in the CIO national office for the next twenty years.

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