Terence V. Powderly, circa 1886.
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Engraving, head and shoulders

Credit: Frank Leslie's Illustrated News, November 13, 1886

Born in Carbondale, PA, Terence Powderly began his work as a labor organizer in his early twenties while working as a machinist, was elected mayor of Scranton as a third-party candidate in 1878, and from 1879 through the 1880s was president of the Knights of Labor, the nation's largest labor union.

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