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Samuel Gompers

1924 Moses Wainer Dykaar Born: Vilna, Russia 1884 Died: New York, New York 1933 plaster 22 1/4 x 22 1/8 x 12 1/4 in. (56.4 x 56.2 x 31.1 cm.) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of the artist 1932.12.2 Not currently on view


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Samuel Gompers was the founder and first president of the American Federation of Labor. Born in England in 1850, he moved to the United States when he was thirteen and worked as a cigar maker. He was involved with the labor movement as a youth and saw the need for a national association of unions. Under his leadership, the AFL set a limit on child labor, ensured fixed hours for the working day, and established Labor Day as the workingman’s holiday. In 1925, Moses Dykaar presented the marble version of this bust to the AFL on behalf of the Cloth Cap and Fur Workers unions.

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Portrait male - Gompers, Samuel - bust

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plaster

About Moses Wainer Dykaar

Born: Vilna, Russia 1884 Died: New York, New York 1933

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