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Sylvis, William H.

Brian Greenberg

in American National Biography Online

Published in print January 1999 |
Published online February 2000 | e-ISBN: 9780198606697 | DOI:

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Sylvis, William H. (28 November 1828–27 July 1869), labor leader, was born in Armagh, a Pennsylvania community of fewer than 150 persons located about fifty miles east of Pittsburgh, the son of Nicholas Sylvis, a wagon maker, and Maria Mott. Finding no work in Armagh, Nicholas moved his family east to the Pennsylvania canal town of Mauch Chunk and then back west again to White Deer Valley in Lycoming County. The onset of economic depression in the late 1830s forced Nicholas Sylvis to go “on the tramp,” leaving his family. Eleven-year-old William was placed in the home of a local Whig politician named Levi Pawling, who represented the county in the state legislature....

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