John Llewellyn Lewis is an American organized labor leader who served as president of the American Mining Workers' Association from 1920 to 1960. A key player in the history of coal mining, he was the driving force behind the Congress of Industrial Organizations, who founded the American Mining Workers' Association. Association of Steel Workers and helped organize millions of other industrial workers in the 1930s, during this time. After resigning from his post as IOC chief in 1941, Lewis withdrew the Unified Mining Worker from the CIO in 1942 and, in 1944, introduced the union into the United States Confederation of Labor. A leading liberal, he played a pivotal role in helping Democrat Franklin D. Roosevelt won a resounding victory as President of the United States in 1936. He was an isolationist and broke with Roosevelt in 1940 over FDR's anti-fascist foreign policy.
|Born||John Llewellyn Lewis, February 12, 1880, Cleveland, Lucas County, Iowa, U.S.|
|Died||June 11, 1969, Alexandria, Virginia, U.S.|
|Children||Margaret Mary, Kathryn, and John, Jr.|
|Occupation||Miner, labor leader|
|Civilian awards||Emmy Award Nominee|
|Preceded by||Frank Hayes|
|Succeeded by||Thomas Kennedy|
Leader of the United Mine Workers Association who led his union's fight for better living and working standards.
After rising to the leadership post of the UMWA in 1920, he established its Welfare and Retirement Fund, a landmark agreement with the federal government signed by the president of the U.S. himself.
He led the organization of America's industrial workers in to the Congress of Industrial Organizations (CIO), and several other prominent unions.
He was born in Lucas, Iowa and was the son of Welsh immigrants.
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- United States Confederation of Labor
- Buried in Oak Ridge Cemetery
- Republican Party of Virginia
- The recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom
Latest information about John L. Lewis updated on June 14 2021.