Today in History
November 05, 1855
A Leader is Born
Eugene Victor Debs is born in Terre Haute, Indiana. He works as a fireman and a billing clerk before winning elected office as Terre Haute City Clerk. An 1895 jail stint for leading the Chicago Pullman Palace Car Company strike increases his interest in socialism. Passionate about unions and workers' rights, the next twenty years turn Debs into the strongest voice in America's growing socialist movement. Debs will run for president five times as the Socialist Party candidate, conducting his 1920 campaign from prison, after having been jailed for agitating against World War I. He wins nearly one million votes, but loses the election to Warren G. Harding.
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