Léon Jouhaux( 1 July 1879 - 28 April 1954 )
Léon Jouhaux was a French trade union leader who received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1951.
Jouhaux was born in Pantin, Seine-Saint-Denis, France. Jouhaux's father worked in a match factory in Aubervilliers. His secondary schooling ended when his father's earnings were stopped by a strike. He gained employment at the factory at age sixteen and immediately became an important part of the union. In 1900, Jouhaux joined a strike against the use of the white phosphorus that blinded his father, was dismissed, and worked at a succession of jobs until union influence saw him reinstated.
In 1906, he was elected by the local union as a representative to the General Confederation of Labour , where his abilities saw him quickly rise through the ranks of organized labour. By 1909 he became interim...