master workman

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In 1879, he was elected Grand Master Workman, leader of the Knights of Labor, to succeed Uriah Stephens.
The impact of the Knights reached beyond the skilled Protestant workers - there is no better evidence of this than that John Kerrigan, their District Master Workman, was Irish Catholic - and their brief domination of the working class broke down the traditional religious and ethnic antipathies that had long divided workers in New Albany.

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