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Eugene Victor Debs

Born: 1855 in Terra Haute, Indiana
Pen Name: None

Connection to Illinois: Eugene Debs was a union organizer who led the Pullman strike in Chicago in 1894 which shut down the U. S. railsystem in the northeastern United States. He died at a Elmhurst sanatorium in 1926 at the age of 71.

Biography: Debs was born in Terre Haute Indiana where he worked as grocery clerk and locomotive fireman. He entered politcs when he founded the American Railway Union and sat on the Terre Haute City Council and served in the Indiana Legislature. In 1894, he led the Pullman Strike in Chicago which caused President Cleveland to call out federal troops. Debs was jailed in Woodstock Illinois for violating an injunction. Upon relase, he campaigned for William Jennings Bryan in 1896 and then formed the Socialist party in 1897 and ran for President on its ticket 5 times, the last from federal prison in Atlanta. He was sent there in 1918 during the Wilson administration for anti-war speeches at Canton, Ohio. He was pardoned by President Harding in 1921 but had suffered ill-health from his stay in prison. Subsequenly, he entered a sanitorium in Elmhurst, Illinois where he died in 1926.


Primary Literary Genre(s): History; Non-Fiction

Primary Audience(s): Adult readers

Eugene Victor Debs on WorldCat :

Selected Titles

Eugene V. Debs speaks
ISBN: 9780873481328 OCLC: 32815517

Pathfinder, New York : 1994 printing, ©1970.

ISBN: 9786317543119 OCLC: 1056157984

Walls & bars :
ISBN: 0882862480 OCLC: 46997314

C.H. Kerr, Chicago : 2000.

Writings of Eugene V Debs :
ISBN: 1934941484 OCLC: 291193453

Red and Black Publishers, St Petersburg, Fla. : 2009.