Jacob the Bum Wellner Brooklyn Painters Union Extortionist

Jacob Wellner is a controversial figure in the annals of Brooklyn history and the American labor movement. Of Russian Jewish ethnicity, he was born in Minsk on July 25, 1896. In December 1936 Wellner was convicted with two co-defendants on charges of extorting money. The extortion bilked a Brooklyn contractor of $300. He complained that Wellner had threatened him with labor trouble if he refused. More

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About Robert Grey Reynolds, Jr

I am a soon to be retired Duke Medical Center library researcher, who enjoys writing. I have been writing on Wikipedia for years and have begun to write
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