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Samuel Fielden was born in England and settled in Chicago in 1871. He joined the International Working People's Association in 1884 and became a popular speaker, using orating skills he had developed in the Methodist church.

Fielden was the final speaker at the Haymarket Rally. When Police Captain Bonfield advanced with his troops to bring an end to the rally, Fielden briefly protested before he stepped down from the makeshift stage. At the same time, the bomb was thrown. Fielden was wounded in the knee during the chaos that followed. He was arrested and sentenced to death. Following an appeal for clemency, Governor Oglesby reduced the sentence to life in prison. In 1893 Governor Altgeld absolved Fielden and he was released.

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