George Harris was an early organizer for the American Federation of Labor (AFL). Born in England in 1853, Harris moved to the United States with his family in 1880. Harris became vice president of the Miners Amalgamated Association of Pennsylvania in 1883 and worked to organize within the state. In 1888, the National Federation of Miners was organized with Samuel Gompers as the president and Harris as first vice president. This collection includes biographical information, scrapbooks, correspondence, and certificates which detail the life of Harris as well as his connection to the AFL.
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The George Harris Papers were accessioned with the Samuel Gompers Papers Project collection in January 2012. The collection was originally donated to Peter J. Albert, the Editor of the Gompers Papers, by Gale S. McClung in May 1999.