Today in Labor History

Labor history is OUR history

July 12, 1842


Celebrated criminal defense lawyer William Wallis Erwin is born.  Nicknamed “the Tall Pine,” Erwin was a fiery orator and champion of labor.  He successfully defended leaders of the Homestead strike in 1892 who had been charged with murder and joined Clarence Darrow in defending Eugene V. Debs and other leaders of the American Railway Union put on trial for their role in leading the 1894 Pullman strike.

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