William F. Burns House, 612 Fairview Avenue North, Saint Paul, Minnesota

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William F. Burns House

Address: 612 Fairview Avenue N
Saint Paul, Minnesota
Ramsey County, Minnesota
State/province: Minnesota
Country: United States
Primary Style: Victorian
Historic Function: House/single dwelling or duplex
Current Function: House/single dwelling or duplex
Material of Exterior Wall Covering: Vinyl
Material of Roof: Asphalt Shingles

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William F. Burns House, 612 Fairview Avenue North, Saint Paul, Minnesota
(44.959624° N, 93.177252° WLatitude: 44°57′34.646″N
Longitude: 93°10′38.107″W

Home of American Railway Union activist William F. Burns. In 1894. Burns was a switchman at the Minnesota Transfer Railroad in the Midway area and took part in the 1894 Pullman strike. Later in 1894 he wrote a 300-page book on the strike, published by McGill Printing Co.


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Pullman strike, in U.S. history, an important labor dispute.

On May 11, 1894, workers of the Pullman Palace Car Company in Chicago struck to protest wage cuts and the firing of union representatives. They sought support from their union, the American Railway Union (ARU), led by Eugene V. Debs, and on June 26 the ARU called a boycott of all Pullman railway cars. Within days, 50,000 rail workers complied and railroad traffic out of Chicago came to a halt. When the railroad owners asked the federal government to intervene, Attorney General Richard Olney, a director of the Burlington and Santa Fe railroads, obtained (July 2) a court injunction. On July 4, President Cleveland dispatched troops to Chicago. Much rioting and bloodshed ensued, but the government's actions broke the strike and the boycott soon collapsed. Debs and three other union officials were jailed for disobeying the injunction.


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