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Close up of Joseph Lane Kirkland.

Close up of Joseph Lane Kirkland.
Close up of Joseph Lane Kirkland.
Close up of Joseph Lane Kirkland.
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Joseph Lane Kirkland was a US labor union leader who served as President of the AFL-CIO for over sixteen years. Kirkland was born in Camden, South Carolina and rose over his career to head the 16-million-member American labor movement. In 1941, Kirkland entered the United States Merchant Marine Academy, graduated 1942, and became a deck officer on U.S. merchant ships during World War II. After the war, he worked in the Research Department of the AFL. He received a B.S. degree from theEdmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University. Kirkland married Edith Draper Hollyday in June 1944, with whom he had five daughters. A year after their divorce in 1972, he married the Czech-born Irena Neumann (1925–2007). He was born on March 12, 1922 and died on August 14, 1999.

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