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William Charles Adamson
August 13, 1854 Politician William Charles Adamson born, Bowdon, GA
  William Charles Adamson
August 29, 1916 President Woodrow Wilson calls for legislation creating an eight-hour work day and time-and-a-half for overtime.
  William Charles Adamson
  Woodrow Wilson
August 31, 1916 William Adamson [D-GA.] introduces the Adamson Act legislation, calling for an 8 hour workday and overtime pay.
  William Charles Adamson
September 3, 1916 Wilson signs the Adamson Act into law, four days after it had been proposed by Georgia Congressman William Adamson, averting a looming railroad strike
  William Charles Adamson
  Woodrow Wilson
January 3, 1929 William Charles Adamson dies, New York City, NY. His body is interred at the City Cemetery in Carrollton
  William Charles Adamson


This Carrollton lawyer and area judge served locally in minor political roles until 1897, when he was elected to the U. S. House of Representatives. He continued as a representative for almost 30 years, when he retired and returned to his small town law practice. Adamson is best remembered today for the Adamson Act, which gave railway workers an eight-hour day at a ten-hour rate and secured time and a half for overtime. These would eventually become the standard for all workers.




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