| William Green |
|Born||3 March 1873|
|Died||1952 (Age 79)|
Born into a family of coal miners in Ohio, he too became one. He became involved in unionism and became a local, then national leader of the United Mine Workers of America, the miners' federation. In 1914 he joined the executive board of the American Federation of Labor and in 1916 he became assistant treasurer. His intensive involvement in labor had him serve as one of five delegates to the Paris Peace Conference in 1918.
When Samuel Gompers died in 1924, he was elected president of the AFL. His presidency is marked by an uncompromising opposition to communism and the defense of traditional American values and craft unionism, against the industrial unionism defended by the Congress of Industrial Organizations.
In 1933, Green's endeavors persuaded President Franklin D. Roosevelt to appoint him to the Labor Advisory Council of the National Recovery Administration. The following year, Green served on the National Labor Board. President Harry Truman appointed Green to the National Advisory Committee on Mobilization during the Korean War.