Social Reformer, Labor Leader. This native of Kamenetz Podolsk Russia moved to New York in 1885 to pursue an acting career. Unable to find a job in the theater he went to work in the garment industry. In 1888 he helped establish the Cloakmaker's Union. He was a dynamic speaker with a magnetic personality and he used those characteristics to become a major player in the New York labor movement becoming known as the "King of the Cloakmakers." In 1900 he presided over the conference that led to the founding of the International Ladies' Garment Workers' Union (one of the nation's first unions to have a primarily female membership) and assisted in the formation of the Hebrew Actor's Union. He entered politics in 1904 running unsuccessfully for Congress as a member of the Socialist Party. He was an active Zionist and served on New York City's Board of Education in 1911. He was known as an advocate for the weak and less fortunate. At the time of his death he was recognized as a pioneer in America's union movement.
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