Albert Parsons

Albert Richard Parsons (June 20, 1848 – November 11, 1887) was a pioneering American socialist and later anarchist newspaper editor, orator, and labor activist. As a teenager, he served in the military force of the Confederate States of America in Texas, during the American Civil War. After the war, he settled in Texas, and became an activist for the rights of former slaves, and later a Republican official during Reconstruction. With his wife Lucy Parsons, he then moved to Chicago in 1873 and worked in newspapers. There he became interested in the rights of workers. In 1884, he began editing The Alarm newspaper. Parsons was one of four Chicago radical leaders controversially convicted of conspiracy and hanged following a bomb attack on police remembered as the Haymarket affair.

Albert Parsons
Albert Richard Parsons

(1848-06-20)June 20, 1848
DiedNovember 11, 1887(1887-11-11) (aged 39)
Political partyRepublican (before 1875)
Socialist Labor (1877-1887)
Spouse(s)Lucy Parsons
Criminal penaltyDeath by hanging
Military career
Allegiance Confederate States of America
Service/branch Confederate States Army
Years of service1861–1865
Unit "Lone Star Greys"

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