1920 – John W. Schmitt Born

On this date John W. Schmitt was born in Milwaukee. Schmitt became active in the union movement in 1946 when he joined Milwaukee Brewery Workers Local 9. He served first as a member of the Executive Board of the Wisconsin State Industrial Union Council. When the AFL and CIO merged in 1958, Schmitt was elected to the Executive Board of the merged organization. Schmitt’s major focus throughout his union career was labor political action. Schmitt served as president of the Wisconsin AFL-CIO from 1966 to 1986. [Source: ]