Reuther, Walter Philip
- Michelle Brattain
Reuther, Walter Philip (01 September 1907–09 May 1970), prominent labor leader, was born in Wheeling, West Virginia, the son of Valentine Reuther, a socialist and an iron and brewery worker, and Anna Stocker. Both German-born, Anna and Valentine met in a workingmen’s saloon where Val delivered beer and Anna worked in the kitchen. The second of five children, Walter grew up in a strict but loving household, marked by a heavy emphasis on self-improvement, self-discipline, and duty. He received an early education in socialist politics and unionism from his father, who regularly moderated dinnertime debates between his sons on contemporary political issues. According to one of Reuther’s biographers, by the time he was an adolescent, having accompanied his father to visit ...