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The Kheel Center ILGWU Collection

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ILGWU Presidents

Between 1900 and 1995, twelve men served terms as president of the ILGWU. Charles Jacobson served the briefest term, acting as president for one year in 1908, and David Dubinsky was the longest-serving president, holding the office from 1932 to 1966.

All of the presidents led the union and its members through major changes in the women's garment manufacturing industry, guiding the ILGWU through periods of tremendous growth and decline in membership, through times of prosperity and depression.

To learn more about a specific president, click on his name in the list to the left.

  • Herman Grossman
  • Benjamin Schlesinger
  • James McCauley
  • Abraham Rosenberg
  • Salvatore Ninfo
  • Morris Sigman
  • David Dubinsky
  • Louis Stulberg
  • Sol Chaikin
  • Jay Mazur

Photographs of Julian Mortimer and Charles Jacobson are not available.