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Yousuf Karsh
Canadian, born Armenia, 1908–2002

John L. Lewis


Object Type: Photograph
19 in. x 15 in. (48.26 cm x 38.1 cm)
Medium and Support: Gelatin silver print on paper
Accession Number: 2013.0005.0041

Credit Line: Gift of Estrellita Karsh, in honor of Mark M. Johnson, and in memory of Yousuf Karsh
Copyright: © Estate of Yousuf Karsh

John L. Lewis (1880-1969)

Lewis was the president of the United Mine Workers (UMW), a founder of the Congress of Industrial Organizations (CIO), and a leader of the American Federation of Labor (AFL). He was extremely effective in representing the needs of his constituents. His Presidential Medal of Freedom citation (1964) recognized him as an “eloquent spokesman of labor [who] has given voice to the aspiration of the industrial workers of the country and led the cause of free trade unions within a healthy system of free enterprise.”

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