Dunne, William F.

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William Francis Dunne was a labor organizer, politician, editor, Socialist, and Communist Party activist and leader. Born in 1887, in 1916 he moved to Butte, Mont., where he was a leader of the Anaconda copper strike of 1917, edited the Butte Daily Bulletin, the organ of the Butte Central Labor Council, co-founded the Federated Press (a labor news service) and was elected to the state legislature. In 1919 Dunne led a section of the Butte Socialist Party into the Communist League of America (later the CPUSA). Dunne was the national organizer for the Trade Union Unity League, organized national marches of the CPUSA-led Unemployed Councils, represented the CPUSA at the Communist International and served as an alternate member of its executive, travelling to the USSR and Mongolia, and became a member of the CPUSA's Political Bureau in 1929. A close associate of William Z. Foster, Dunne was critical of the political direction of the Party under the leadership of Earl Browder. By 1934 he was removed from national leadership, but continued to organize and write in the Pacific Northwest region. In 1946 Dunne was expelled from the Party. In 1951, two years before his death, Dunne helped found the James Connolly association, an Irish Republican organization.

From the description of Papers, 1914-1981 (bulk 1918-1946). (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 70927156

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creatorOf Dunne, William F. Papers, 1914-1981 (bulk 1918-1946). Butte-Silver Bow Public Archives
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associatedWith Communist Party of the United States of America. corporateBody
correspondedWith Darcy, Samuel, 1905- person
correspondedWith Dunne, Marguerite, person
correspondedWith Foster, William Z., 1881-1961 person
correspondedWith Gold, Michael, 1893-1967 person
Place Name Admin Code Country
Butte (Mont.)
United States
Alaska--Aleutian Islands
Northwest, Pacific
Working class
World War, 1939-1945--Personal narratives, American
Labor movement
Political crimes and offenses
World War, 1939-1945
Labor unions and communism


Active 1914

Active 1981

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