George A. Schilling

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George A. Schilling (1850 - 1936) was a prominent American union leader and socialist in the late nineteenth century. From 1865 to the 1890s, Schilling worked in Chicago for the Arbeiter Zeitung, a German-language newspaper with socialist (and later, anarchist) leanings. He made his mark in the Chicago labor movement as a member of the cooper's union and a leader of the Knights of Labor. In 1886 he was a prominent supporter of the Labor Party in Illinois. In 1886, the Labor Party endorsed John Altgeld for a judgeship, which Altgeld won.[1]

In 1892, Schilling endorsed Altgeld in a successful race for Governor of Illinois.[2] In 1893, he was appointed by Governor Altgeld as secretary on the State Board of Labor Commissioners, and in 1903 he was appointed by Altgeld to the Chicago Board of Local Improvements.[1]

In 1919 Schilling was a signatory to the call to establish the Committee of 48, a liberal political organization which sought to establish a third party in America between the ideological poles of reaction on the one hand and revolution on the other.[3]


  1. ^ a b "Guide to the George A. Schilling Papers 1887-1936". University of Chicago Library. 2008. Biographical Note. Retrieved September 22, 2010. 
  2. ^ Staley, E. (1930). History of the Illinois State Federation of Labor, Chicago, Illinois: University of Chicago Press.
  3. ^ The Committee of Forty-Eight: For a Conference of Americans Who are Equally Opposed to Reaction and Violent Revolution: Its Purposes — And the Reasons for It. New York: The Committee of Forty-Eight, n.d. [1919]; pg. 7.