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He was born in March 1869 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He participated in the Paterson Silk Strike of 1913 with Bill Haywood. He died of a heart attack on August 12, 1935 at his stationery store in Paterson, New Jersey.
- "Adolph Lessig. I.W.W. Leader in the 1913 Silk Strike at Paterson Was 63". The New York Times. August 13, 1935.
Lessig, for years a standing leader among silk workers here, died yesterday after a heart attack ...
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