London, Meyer, 1871-1926

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Meyer London (1871-1926), was a Socialist, a labor lawyer and the first Socialist ever elected to the United States House of Representatives. He represented New YorkA︡s 12th District, which covered New York CityA︡s Lower East Side, from 1915-1919, and from 1921-1923. London was born to Jewish parents in Russian Poland, and emigrated in 1891 to New York City with Anna Rosenson (whom he married in 1899). He attended New York University Law School at night, and was admitted to the bar in 1898. Originally a member of the Socialist Labor Party, he joined the Social Democratic Party in 1897 and then helped to found the Socialist Party of America in 1901. For the International Ladies Garment Workers Union, he negotiated the historic labor-management accord known as Protocol of Peace, following the 1910 strike of some 50,000 workers in New York City, and also served as the union₂s legal counsel thereafter. In the U.S. Congress he sought to represent the interests of his Jewish immigrant constituency, supporting various labor and social reforms, and was active in Jewish organizations, including the Workmen's Circle. London died after being hit by a car in New York City.

From the description of Meyer London photographs [graphic]. 1926-1959. (New York University, Group Batchload). WorldCat record id: 58787529

Meyer London (1871-1926) was a Socialist, a labor lawyer (a graduate of New York University Law School, and later the counsel for the International Ladies' Garment Workers Union), and as a Socialist Party candidate, was elected to the United States House of Representatives, representing New York City's Lower East Side, serving two terms, 1916-1918 and 1920-1922. As a Congressman, he opposed U.S. entry into World War I, and introduced numerous labor legislation bills. Upon his death, the library of the Rand School of Social Science (1906-1956), a workers' school in New York City, associated with the Socialist Party, named its library the Meyer London Memorial Library, and in in 1959 an elementary school on the Lower East Side was named in his honor (the Meyer London Public School, also known as P.S. 2).

From the guide to the Meyer London Papers, 1910-1959, (Tamiment Library / Wagner Archives)

Meyer London (1871-1926), was a Socialist, a labor lawyer and the first Socialist ever elected to the United States House of Representatives. He represented New York's 12th District, which covered New York City's Lower East Side, from 1915-1919, and from 1921-1923. London was born to Jewish parents in Russian Poland, and emigrated in 1891 to New York City with Anna Rosenson (whom he married in 1899). He attended New York University Law School at night, and was admitted to the bar in 1898. Originally a member of the Socialist Labor Party, he joined the Social Democratic Party in 1897 and then helped to found the Socialist Party of America in 1901. For the International Ladies Garment Workers Union, he negotiated the historic labor-management accord known as Protocol of Peace, following the 1910 strike of some 50,000 workers in New York City, and also served as the union's legal counsel thereafter. In Congress, he sought to represent the interests of his Jewish immigrant constituency, supporting various labor and social reforms, and was active in Jewish organizations, including the Workmen's Circle. London died after being hit by a car in New York City.

From the guide to the Meyer London Photographs, 1926-1959, (Tamiment Library / Wagner Archives)

From the guide to the Meyer London Photographs, 1926-1959, (Tamiment Library and Robert F. Wagner Labor Archive)

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Role Title Holding Repository
referencedIn Abelson, Paul, 1878-1953. Paul Abelson. Series 1. Arbitration and mediation files, part b, 1913-1944. Cornell University Library
referencedIn Reunion of Old Timers. Records, 1947-1985. Churchill County Museum
creatorOf Meyer London Photographs, 1926-1959 Tamiment Library / Wagner Archives
creatorOf Meyer London Papers, 1910-1959 Tamiment Library / Wagner Archives
referencedIn Tamiment Library and Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives Labor and Radicalism Photograph Collection, Bulk, 1940-1965, 1860-1985 Tamiment Library and Robert F. Wagner Labor Archive
referencedIn Lee, Algernon. Papers, 1896-1954. Churchill County Museum
referencedIn Tamiment Library/Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives,. Tamiment Library general photograph collection [graphic]. Churchill County Museum
referencedIn Harry Weinberger papers Yale University Library
referencedIn American Association for Labor Legislation. American Association for Labor Legislation. Series 1, Subseries 3. Correspondence, 1915-1920. Cornell University Library
creatorOf London, Meyer, 1871-1926. Meyer London photographs [graphic]. New-York Historical Society
referencedIn Algernon Lee Papers, Bulk, 1896-1954, 1861-1954, (Bulk 1896-1954) Tamiment Library / Wagner Archives
referencedIn Todd, Laurence, 1882-1957. Laurence Todd papers, 1902-1957. University of Michigan, Bentley Historical Library
referencedIn Laurence Todd papers, 1902-1957 Bentley Historical Library , University of Michigan
creatorOf Carey, George V. George Carey papers, 1913-1950. University of Michigan
creatorOf Meyer London Photographs, 1926-1959 Tamiment Library and Robert F. Wagner Labor Archive
referencedIn American Association for Labor Legislation. Series 1, Subseries 4. Correspondence, 1920-1925. [microform]. Cornell University Library
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associatedWith Abelson, Paul, 1878-1953. person
associatedWith American Association for Labor Legislation. corporateBody
associatedWith Cahan, Abraham, 1860-1951 person
associatedWith Carey, George V. person
associatedWith Fitzgerald, Roy person
associatedWith Fitzgerald, Roy person
associatedWith Fitzgerald, Roy, person
associatedWith Hourwich, Isaac A. (Isaac Aaronovich), 1860-1924 person
associatedWith Lee, Algernon. person
associatedWith Lewis, Lena Morrow person
associatedWith London, Anna R. person
associatedWith London, Anna R. person
associatedWith London, Anna R. person
associatedWith Meyer London Memorial Committee. corporateBody
associatedWith Meyer London Memorial Library. corporateBody
associatedWith Meyer London Public School. corporateBody
associatedWith Meyer London School (New York, N.Y.) corporateBody
associatedWith Panken, Jacob, b. 1879 person
associatedWith Rand School of Social Science. Meyer London Memorial Library. corporateBody
associatedWith Reunion of Old Timers. corporateBody
associatedWith Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives. corporateBody
associatedWith Solomon, Charles, 1889-1963 person
associatedWith Tamiment Library. corporateBody
associatedWith Tamiment Library/Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives, corporateBody
associatedWith Todd, Laurence, 1882-1957. person
associatedWith Weinberger, Harry, 1888- person
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Legislators--United States
Socialists--Portraits
Socialists--United States
Socialists--United States--Portraits
Jewish socialists--United States
Socialists--New York (State)--New York
World War, 1914-1918--United States
Unemployment insurance--United States
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Birth 1871

Death 1926

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