William B. Wilson History

William Bauchop Wilson
First U.S. Secretary of Labor

“Wilson is a constructive man, a friend of capital as well as of labor, and one whom no just man need fear.”

— William S. Nearing, superintendent of Morris Run Coal Co., Morris Run, Pa., 1906

William B. Wilson - 1919

William Bauchop Wilson, 1862 – 1934


Blossburg.org is a community site, intended to foster communication and interaction among Blossburg residents, area residents, and those who have moved away. It also is intended to be a living history project where stories about Blossburg can be told for wider audiences. This is the goal of the current William B. Wilson pages. This man helped shape the United States, advocating eight-hour workdays, strong unions, workers compensation, child labor laws, and workplace safety during his years of labor activism and political influence. In these pages you’ll read about his life, his beliefs, his impact on America, and see the images of that life. The web is a uniquely appropriate place for this and other history projects as it allows people from all over to collaborate, bringing disparate views and recollections together. If you have additional material to contribute, see errors or inconsistencies, please e-mail David A. Jones.

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