Frankensteen, Richard T. (Richard Truman), 1907-1977

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Richard "Dick" Frankensteen (March 6, 1907 in Detroit – 1977) was the first president of the Automotive Industrial Workers Association.

He attended Central High School, named to the all-city and all-state high school football teams and earned All-American honors in his senior year at University of Dayton.

Beginning at age 15, he worked summers at the Dodge Brothers' plant for more than six years. After an intended career of teaching and high school football coaching in Ohio was crushed by the Depression, he returned home to Detroit to work full-time with Dodge, and studied law at night at the University of Detroit. He rose to the bargaining council of the company union at the Dodge plant, and later became leader of the movement that reorganized it into an independent union.

Frankensteen married Grace Callahan and they had three children: Carol Lee Vitale, Marilyn St. Cyr Fekety, and Richard T. Frankensteen, Jr. (Rick).

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referencedIn Guide to the Daily Worker and Daily World Photographs Collection, 1920-2001 Tamiment Library and Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives
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referencedIn Poland, James Ray, 1902-. James Poland papers, 1934-1956. Wayne State University. Archives of Labor and Urban Affairs
referencedIn Deportation Hearing Transcripts and Records, 1939-1941 Harvard Law School Library Langdell Hall Cambridge, MA 02138
creatorOf Norton, William J. (William John), 1883-1975. William J. Norton papers, 1906-1987. University of Michigan, Bentley Historical Library
referencedIn McDaniel, John K., 1902-. Oral history interview with John K. McDaniel, James Oddie, Murvel Grant, and Clayton Donohue, 1962. Wayne State University. Archives of Labor and Urban Affairs
referencedIn Ganley, Nat, 1903-1969,. Oral history interview with Nat Ganley, 1960. Wayne State University. Archives of Labor and Urban Affairs
referencedIn Mortimer, Wyndham, 1884-1966,. Oral history interview with Wyndham Mortimer, 1960. Wayne State University. Archives of Labor and Urban Affairs
referencedIn Kantor, Robert L., 1906-. Oral history interview with Robert L. Kantor, 1963. Wayne State University. Archives of Labor and Urban Affairs
referencedIn Thomas, R. J. (Rolland Jay), 1900-1967,. Oral history interview with R.J. THomas, 1963. Wayne State University. Archives of Labor and Urban Affairs
referencedIn William Haber Papers, 1918-1988 Bentley Historica Library University of Michigan
referencedIn Ross, Harry,. Oral history interview with Harry E. Ross. 1961. Wayne State University. Archives of Labor and Urban Affairs
creatorOf Frankensteen, Richard T., 1907-. Richard Frankensteen papers, 1930-1964. Wayne State University. Archives of Labor and Urban Affairs
referencedIn Marquart, Frank, 1898-. Oral history interview with Frank Marquart 1960. Wayne State University. Archives of Labor and Urban Affairs
creatorOf Haber, William, 1899-1988. William Haber papers, 1918-1988. University of Michigan, Bentley Historical Library
referencedIn Hall, Ed, 1887-. Oral history interview with Ed Hall 1959. Wayne State University. Archives of Labor and Urban Affairs
creatorOf Frankensteen, Richard T., 1907-. Oral history interview with Richard Frankensteen, 1959. Wayne State University. Archives of Labor and Urban Affairs
referencedIn Harris, Richard E., 1902-. Oral history interview with Richard E. Harris 1959. Wayne State University. Archives of Labor and Urban Affairs
referencedIn International Union, United Automobile, Aerospace, and Agricultural Implement Workers of America. Local 3 (Hamtramck, Mich.). UAW Local 3 records, 1936-1975. Wayne State University. Archives of Labor and Urban Affairs
referencedIn Poplawski, Adam, 1908-. Oral history interview with Adam Poplawski. 1960. Wayne State University. Archives of Labor and Urban Affairs
referencedIn Cranefield, Harold A., 1903-1969,. Oral history interview with Harold A. Cranefield, 1963. Wayne State University. Archives of Labor and Urban Affairs
referencedIn George Murphy papers, 1911-1961 Bentley Historica Library University of Michigan
referencedIn Tuttle, Frank, 1885-. Oral history interview with Frank Tuttle. 1959. Wayne State University. Archives of Labor and Urban Affairs
referencedIn International Union, United Automobile, Aircraft, and Agricultural Implement Workers of America. Local 650 (Lansing, Mich.). UAW Local 650 records, 1937-1964. Wayne State University. Archives of Labor and Urban Affairs
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referencedIn Tappes, Shelton, 1911-1991,. Oral history interview with Shelton Tappes. 1961. Wayne State University. Archives of Labor and Urban Affairs
referencedIn Freitag, Elmer,. Oral history interview with Elmer Freitag, 1960. Wayne State University. Archives of Labor and Urban Affairs
referencedIn Zaremba, John, 1894-1963. John Zaremba papers, 1935-1961. Wayne State University. Archives of Labor and Urban Affairs
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referencedIn Jones, Lloyd, 1901-. Oral history interview with Lloyd Jones, 1960. Wayne State University. Archives of Labor and Urban Affairs
referencedIn William J. Norton papers, 1906-1987, 1916-1972 Bentley Historica Library University of Michigan
referencedIn Zaremba, John, 1894-1963,. Oral history interview with John Zaremba. 1961. Wayne State University. Archives of Labor and Urban Affairs
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correspondedWith Addes, George F., 1910- person
associatedWith Automobile Industrial Workers Association. corporateBody
associatedWith Bennett, Harry Herbert, 1892- person
associatedWith Brewster Aeronautical Corporation. corporateBody
associatedWith Cleveland, James M., 1911- person
associatedWith Communist Party of the United States of America. corporateBody
associatedWith Congress of Industrial Organizations (U.S.) corporateBody
associatedWith Coughlin, Charles E. (Charles Edward), 1891-1979. person
associatedWith Cranefield, Harold A., 1903-1969, person
associatedWith Dillon, Francis J., 1887- person
associatedWith Ford Motor Company. corporateBody
associatedWith Freitag, Elmer, person
associatedWith Ganley, Nat, 1903-1969, person
associatedWith Germer, Adolph, 1881- person
associatedWith Haber, William, 1899-1988 person
associatedWith Hall, Ed, 1887- person
associatedWith Harris, Richard E., 1902- person
associatedWith Harry Renton Bridges 1901-1990 person
associatedWith Institute of Labor and Industrial Relations (University of Michigan-Wayne State University) : Unionism in the Automobile Industry Project corporateBody
associatedWith International Union, United Automobile, Aerospace, and Agricultural Implement Workers of America. corporateBody
associatedWith International Union, United Automobile, Aerospace, and Agricultural Implement Workers of America. Local 3 (Hamtramck, Mich.) corporateBody
correspondedWith International Union, United Automobile, Aircraft, and Agricultural Implement Workers of America. Local 650 (Lansing, Mich.) corporateBody
associatedWith International Union, United Automobile Workers of America (CIO) corporateBody
associatedWith International Union, United Automobile Workers of America (CIO). Local 3 (Detroit, Mich.) corporateBody
associatedWith Jones, Lloyd, 1901- person
associatedWith Kanter, Robert, 1906- person
associatedWith Kelsey-Hayes Wheel Company. corporateBody
associatedWith Lovestone, Jay. person
associatedWith Marquart, Frank, 1898- person
associatedWith Martin, Warren Homer, 1902-1968. person
associatedWith McDaniel, John K., 1902- person
associatedWith Mortimer, Wyndham, 1884-1966, person
associatedWith Murphy, George, 1897-1961 person
correspondedWith Murray, Phillip, 1886-1952 person
associatedWith Norton, William J. (William John), 1883-1975. person
associatedWith Piconke, Joseph, 1909- person
correspondedWith Poland, James Ray, 1902- person
associatedWith Poplawski, Adam, 1908- person
associatedWith Reuther, Walter, 1907-1970. person
associatedWith Ross, Harry, person
associatedWith Ryan Aeronautical Company. corporateBody
associatedWith Skeels, Jack W., person
associatedWith Tappes, Shelton, 1911-1991, person
associatedWith Thomas, R. J. (Rolland Jay), 1900-1967, person
associatedWith Tuttle, Frank, 1885- person
associatedWith Wayne State University. Archives of Labor and Urban Affairs. corporateBody
correspondedWith Zaremba, John, 1894-1963. person
Place Name Admin Code Country
Detroit MI US
Dayton OH US
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Automobile industry and trade
Automobile industry workers
Automobile supplies industry
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Interviews
Labor
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Labor unions
Labor unions
Labor unions and communism
Oral history
Politicians
Sit-down strikes
Skilled labor
Strikes and lockouts
Strikes and lockouts
Working class
World War, 1939-1945
World War, 1939-1945
Occupation
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Birth 1907-03-06

Death 1977-04-08

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Americans

English

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