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John Lewis, notable with a Welsh connection!

John Lewis

Considered one of America's greatest Labour leaders in the 1930's and 1940's. Rising from humble beginnings to become leader of the powerful UMW (United Mine Workers). He was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation's highest civilian decoration by President Lyndon Johnson in 1964.
Connection: Born in Iowa, USA, to Welsh immigrant parents.

comment by:DiggersUnited
My great grandfather who was an immigrant from Swansea in South Wales, worked in a coal mine with John L. Lewis near Streater, Illinois, before Lewis' rise to power as a labour leader.