Happy birthday, “Big Bill” Haywood (Feb. 4, 1869 – May 18, 1928)! Labor leader. Marxist. Advocate for direct action. Founding member and leader of the Industrial Workers of the World (IWW). Member of the executive committee of the Socialist Party of America. In 1918 he was convicted, along with 100 fellow Wobblies, of violating the Espionage Act of 1917. Three years later, while out of prison during appeal, he fled for Russia where he lived out his remaining years. Born in Salt Lake City, Utah. Died in Moscow, Russia. Cremated. Half of his ashes were buried in the Kremlin wall. An urn containing the other half were buried near the Haymarket Martyrs’ Monument in the Forest Home Cemetery outside of Chicago.
~The Marginal Mennonite Society Heroes Series.

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