NW Quadrant, East of Rock Creek, Dupont Circle, Jewish, Radicals, Also of Interest

Samuel Gompers
(January 27, 1850 - December 13, 1924)

1527 New Hampshire Ave. NW, Dupont Circle neighborhood, DC.

The founder of the American Federation of Labor and its president from 1886 to 1924, Gompers started as a cigar maker who became a labor organizer.  The procedures for collective bargaining that he developed are still in use today.  

His autobiography, which was published posthumously in two volumes, is Seventy Years of Life and Labor (1925).

He is remembered locally with the Gompers Memorial, a major statuary group by the sculptor Robert Aitken located on Massachusetts Ave. NW near 11th Street.  His papers are preserved in the University of Maryland's special collections.

Year: 1902
This row house was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1974.


2122 First St. NW, Bloomingdale neighborhood, DC

Historic photos courtesy of Library of Congress.