Terence Vincent Powderly

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Powderly, Terence Vincent


Born Jan. 22, 1849, in Carbondale, Pa.; died June 24, 1924, in Washington, D.C. A reformist leader of the US labor movement.

Powderly was a railroad engineer by occupation. He joined the Knights of Labor in 1874 and was the organization’s leader from 1879 to 1893. He obstructed the development of the tactic of the militant strike, appealing to the workers to accept compromise agreements with the employers and peaceful arbitration. After he was removed from the leadership of the Knights of Labor, Powderly joined the Republican Party (1896). He served as US commissioner-general of immigration from 1897 to 1902 and as chief of the Division of Information of the Bureau of Immigration from 1907 to 1921.

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Sous la houlette de William Keys, son premier maitre ouvrier, la cellule syndicale s'active, allant jusqu'a organiser une conference donnee par le grand-maitre ouvrier en personne, Terence V. Powderly, en decembre 1883.
a l'instigation de William Keys, de George Warren et de deux autres chevaliers, le grand-maitre ouvrier, Terence V. Powderly, est en effet arrive a calmer les apprehensions du prelat : en janvier 1885, il lui avait fait transmettre des documents par Keys, qui l'avaient rassure sur la moderation de l'organisation et de la probite de ses dirigeants (35).
Pour en savoir davantage, voir : Peter Bischoff, << Lettre inedite de Terence V. Powderly, grandmaitre de l'ordre des Chevaliers du travail, a William Keys, chevalier montrealais (13 janvier 1885) >>, Bulletin du RCHTQ, 25, 1 (printemps 1999), 45-47.
Conwell; Democratic politician William Jennings Bryan; suffragist and educator Frances Willard; civil rights and suffrage activist Mary Church Terrell; radical labor organizers Marry Harris "Mother" Jones and Elizabeth Gurley Flynn; Knights of Labor leader Terence V. Powderly; anarchist women Voltarine de Cleyre, Emma Goldman, and Lucy Parsons; and women's rights activists Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Anna Howard Shaw, and Carrie Chapman Catt.
Robert Oppenheimer; profiles of activists Terence V. Powderly and Dolores Huerta are included in the volume on Cesar Chavez.