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Eugene V. DEBS

American Eugene V. DEBS

born Eugène Victor DEBS

American union leader, one of the founding members of the Industrial Workers of the World

Source :  Pierre GANIERE

Born: on November 05, 1855 in Terre Haute, Indiana, USA
Died: on October 20, 1926 in Elmhurst, Illinois, USA


Biography

Eugene Debs was born on November 5, 1855, in Terre Haute, Indiana, to Jean Daniel and Marguerite Mari (Bettrich) Debs, who immigrated to the United States from Colmar, Alsace, France. His father, who came from a prosperous family, owned a textile mill and meat market. Debs was named after the French authors Eugene Sue and Victor Hugo.

Debs attended public school, dropping out of high school at age 14. He took a job with the Vandalia Railroad (1905–17) cleaning grease from the trucks of freight engines for fifty cents a day. He later became a painter and car cleaner in the railroad shops. In December 1871, when a drunken locomotive fireman failed to report for work, Debs was pressed into service as a night fireman. He decided to remain a fireman on the run between Terre Haute and Indianapolis, earning more than a dollar a night for the next three and half years.

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