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Louis Lingg was born in Germany and emigrated to Chicago in 1885, drawn to its strong anarchy movement. Lingg was an organizer for Chicago's Carpenters' Union and a representing delegate for the Central Labor Union.

Lingg bristled at the violence used by police during labor conflicts and stated, "if they use cannons against us, we shall use dynamite against them." He regularly practiced with a rifle and learned how to create dynamite and assemble bombs. Lingg used this skill to commit suicide in jail by detonating a bomb in his mouth, the day before his scheduled execution. He died some days later.

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