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O’Reilly, Leonoralocked

(16 February 1870–03 April 1927)
  • Jane Bernard-Powers


O’Reilly, Leonora (16 February 1870–03 April 1927), labor organizer and progressive reformer, was born in New York City, the daughter of John O’Reilly, a printer, and Winnifred Rooney, a garment worker. Leonora’s father died a year after she was born, and she spent her childhood watching her mother struggle to earn a wage that would support the household. Following a few years in elementary school, Leonora joined her mother in the garment trades, taking a job at a collar factory at age eleven....

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