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New Osburn House

South Ave
Rochester, NY 14604, US

Category: Meeting Site

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Rochester Labor History eMap

On this site stood the New Osburn House, a hotel which hosted many meetings of Rochester's Socialist Party and where the Knights of Labor held its twentieth convention in 1896. The KOL was the largest national labor organization of 19th century America. In his welcoming remarks, Rochester mayor George Warner praised the Knights for accomplishing "a great deal of good for the working men and women" including shorter hours, safety regulations, factory inspections, payment in cash, etc. The Knights played an important role in Rochester, organizing between 1877 and 1894 fifty-nine Local Assemblies as well as two District Assemblies; at their height the KOL had 7000 members here. Local Assemblies represented workers in many of the construction trades and in manufacturing, especially the clothing and shoe industries. In 1888 KOL shoemakers met here at the call of Rochester District Assembly 63 and formed the KOL National Trade Assembly 216, which later became the Boot and Shoe Workers Union.


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