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The life, labors and travels of Father J.J. Upchurch, founder of the Ancient Order of United Workmen.

Upchurch, John Jordan.

Published by A.T. Dewey, Office of the "Pacific States Watchman", San Francisco, 1887
Hardcover
From SessaBks (ABAA, ILAB) (Philadelphia, PA, U.S.A.)

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First edition: Lightly edited autobiography of the man who established the first fraternal insurance association in the United States. Upchurch was a North Carolina-born clerk, temperance hotel manager, engraver, railroad agent, horse-tamer, and locomotive engineer (said to have been successful at all but the second!) whose background as a Freemason strongly influenced his concept of a society which would offer insurance for workers and arbitration that treated capital and labor equally fairly. Upchurch's account of his life and accomplishments includes descriptions of the founding of various lodges and the establishment of their rules, his observations on visiting chapters in California and a number of other states, and (in passing) the poor living conditions in San Francisco's Chinatown; it is illustrated with portraits of the author, depictions of lodge charters and regalia, and other memorabilia. Poems and eulogies were added by Samuel Booth, the editor, who also did his best to shape the plain-spoken Upchurch's thoughts into publishable form while not making any attempt at literary polish. Binding: Publisher's roan, front cover with decorative gilt-stamped frame and gilt-stamped facsimile of Upchurch's signature ("Fraternally yours"), back cover stamped in blind. All edges gilt. This is the original first edition, not a modern reprint. Actual holdings (as opposed to microform or online files) are uncommon in U.S. institutions. 12mo (19 cm, 7.5"). 264 pp.; 6 plts. (incl. in pagination). Bound as above; rubbed overall most notably at edges and joints, front joint cracked but holding, spine with paper shelving label. Front pastedown with institutional presentation bookplate, lines unused. Pages faintly age-toned, otherwise clean; one leaf with small edge chip. Bookseller Inventory # 29694

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Title: The life, labors and travels of Father J.J. ...

Publisher: A.T. Dewey, Office of the "Pacific States Watchman", San Francisco

Publication Date: 1887

Binding: Hardcover

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