Eugene V. Debs Biography

Activist (1855–1926)
Eugene V. Debs was a labor organizer and the Socialist Party's candidate for U.S. president five times between 1900 and 1920.


In 1893 Eugene V. Debs became president of the American Railway Union. His union conducted a successful strike for higher wages against the Great Northern Railway in 1894. He gained greater renown when he went to jail for his role in leading the Chicago Pullman Palace Car Company strike. He was the Socialist party's presidential candidate in 1900,1908, 1912 and 1920.

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