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Dennis J. Comey. Photograph by Zamsky Studio, used by permission of Sarony Studios Inc. Courtesy of Francis F. Burch.

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Comey, Dennis J. (26 May 1896–14 October 1987), Roman Catholic clergyman and labor arbitrator, was born Dennis Joseph Comey in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, the son of Dennis Joseph Comey, an iron worker at the Baldwin Locomotive Works, and Catherine Veronica Reagan Comey; the parents had been farmers who emigrated from Timoleague, County Cork, Ireland. The oldest of thirteen children, he excelled in studies and athletics at St. Joseph's College Preparatory School in Philadelphia. On 30 July 1914 he entered the Society of Jesus at St. Andrew-on-Hudson, Poughkeepsie, New York, and continued his classical studies. He earned his A.B. (1920), M.A. (1921), and Ph.D. (1929) in philosophy from Woodstock College, Maryland; he first taught Latin at Boston College High School (1921–1922) and then Latin, Greek, Spanish, and rhetoric at Georgetown University, Washington, D.C. (1922–1925). He pursued theological studies at Woodstock College, where he was ordained a Roman Catholic priest on 20 June 1928. A year's concentration on ascetical theology at St. Beuno's College, Wales, preceded his solemn profession of his Jesuit vows in Rome, Italy, on 15 August 1931. In 1931 the Gregorian University in Rome named him a doctor of theology and in 1932 ...

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Kellor, Frances Alice (20 October 1873–04 January 1952), social reformer and arbitration specialist, was born in Columbus, Ohio, the daughter of Daniel Kellor and Mary Sprau. The family relocated to Coldwater, Michigan, in 1875. Engaging in the same housekeeping work as her mother, Frances Kellor paid for high school. However, after two years, she left school to become a reporter for the ...

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Slichter, Sumner Huber (08 January 1892–27 September 1959), economist and industrial relations expert, was born in Madison, Wisconsin, the son of Charles Sumner Slichter, a mathematics professor and dean of the graduate school, and Mary Louise Byrne. After a year at the University of Munich in 1910, Slichter returned to Wisconsin to study labor problems with ...

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Williams, John Elias (28 October 1853–02 January 1919), industrial mediator, was born in Merthyr-Tydfil, Wales, the son of John Elias Williams, a coal miner, and Elizabeth Bowen. In 1864 the family moved to Streator, a coal-mining town in central northern Illinois. Soon after their arrival in the United States, Williams’s father was killed by a rock fall while on the job, forcing Williams to take a job as a miner. He mined coal in and around Streator from age thirteen until he was twenty-eight years old. During the summer, when most mines operated at half-time, Williams spent his free time educating himself and participating in study clubs. He became the secretary and check weighman of the first labor union in Streator. In 1877 he married Isabella Dickinson....