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Michael Schwab was born in Germany and came to Chicago in 1881 or 1882. He once wrote, "Violence is one thing and Anarchy is another... we advocated the use of violence against violence, but against violence only, as a necessary means of defense."

Schwab attended the Haymarket rally briefly, but left to speak at another rally. Still, he was arrested and sentenced to life in prison. He served seven years before Governor John Peter Altgeld commuted his sentence in 1893.

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