Samuel Gompers vs Andrew Carnegie

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Labor leader, Cigar Maker
Industrialist, Businessman, Entrepreneur and a major Philanthropist.
Net worth 2018
$309 Billion
Activists
Industry
Steel
London, England
Residence
Dunfermline
British, American
Country
American, Scottish
27/01/1850
BirthDay
25/11/1835
December 13, 1924
Died On
August 11, 1919
Jewish Free School
Education
NET WORTH STATISTIC
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2007

Local unions of Chicago contributed money and their time to build his life-size statue, the first of its kind of any labour leader in Chicago, which was unveiled on September 3, 2007

1925

His only book (an autobiography) ‘Seventy Years of Life and Labour’, was published in 1925

1924

On December 13, 1924 he died in San Antonio, Texas, and was buried at the Sleepy Hollow Cemetery in New York

1923

His health started deteriorating from February 1923 after he was hospitalised with severe influenza

1921

The ‘American Federation of Labour’ played a prominent role in passing of various immigration restriction laws including the ‘Emergency Quota Act’ (1921) and the ‘Immigration Act’ (1924)

1919

In 1919, he was present at the ‘Paris Peace Conference’ as an official advisor on labour problems

1902

His effort succeeded and by 1902 the Canadian union movement was dominated by the ‘American Federation of Labour’

1901

In 1901, he became a co-founder of ‘National Civic Federation’ which was a coalition between businessmen and labour unions

1898

As he had links with America based Cuban cigar workers, he pushed for American interference in Cuba and supported the subsequent war (1898) with Spain

1896

In 1896, he was elected as the first vice-president of ‘Cigarmakers' International Union’ and remained so till his death

1895

He became the president and remained so till his death (except for a year in 1895)

1886

In 1886, he was elected as the second vice-president of ‘Cigarmakers' International Union’

1882

He was averse to unrestricted immigration from Europe and any immigration from Asia and was a staunch supporter of the ‘Chinese Exclusion Act’ of 1882 banning the Chinese to immigrate

1881

In 1881, he was involved in setting-up of ‘Federation of Organized Trades and Labor Unions’, a coalition of unions having similar viewpoints

1877

During the 1877 financial crisis which witnessed escalation of unemployment following desperation of labourers to work with minimal wages, the union almost collapsed like any other

1875

In 1875, he was elected as president of the ‘Cigarmakers' International Union Local 144’

1873

In 1873 he joined ‘David Hirsch & Company’, a high class cigar maker shop operated by an émigré German socialist

1864

In 1864, he and his father joined an English speaking union of cigar makers, the ‘Cigarmaker’s Local Union No

1850

Samuel Gompers was born on January 27, 1850, in London to Solomon and Sarah Gompers

1901

It finally resulted in ‘the United States Steel Corporation’, which was incorporated on March 2, 1901

1892

In1892 he founded the Carnegie Steel Company by utilizing the various assets that he had accumulated over the years

1889

He wrote an article, “Wealth” in 1889 through which he emphasized upon the social responsibility of the wealthy class towards the less fortunate in the society

1888

His decision to take over the rival company, Homestead Steel Works in 1888 brought strategic advantages to his business

1886

His well-known piece of writing, “Triumphant Democracy” was published in 1886 and well accepted in the U

1873

He had the vision to foresee that iron would be replaced by steel hence he ended up setting a steel rail company in 1873 after which the steel furnace at Braddock started with steel rails in 1874

1870

Till 1870, Carnegie speculated in small iron factories through investments

1855

Carnegie made his very first investment of $500 in Adams Express in 1855 with Scott’s support; following which he learnt to invest and disinvest resulting in a huge start-up capital for his business ventures

1853

Scott (superintendent of Pennsylvania Railroad) in 1853

1850

Starting in 1850 as a messenger boy for a telegraph office in Pittsburg, he moved on to become secretary to Thomas A

1848

His father was a weaver and moved the entire family to Allegheny City, Pennsylvania, in 1848 after industrialization phase that rendered him jobless and in relentless poverty

1835

Andrew Carnegie was born on November 25, 1835 to William Carnegie and Margaret Morrison Carnegie in Dunfermline, Scotland