Segal, Louis

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SEGAL, LOUIS (1894–1964), U.S. labor Zionist leader. Segal, who was born in Lowicz, Poland, and was taken to the United States in 1905, lived in Galveston, Texas, and then in St. Paul, Minnesota. While in his teens, he worked in a cap factory and helped found a Hat, Cap, and Millinery Union local in the city, rising to a vice presidency in that union. At the age of 32, he became general secretary of the Jewish National Workers Alliance (*Farband), which then had about 5,500 members. Under his lifelong leadership it grew to more than 40,000 members, expanding considerably its fraternal benefits. Segal also served on the executives of the World Zionist Organization and the Jewish Agency for Israel.

Some of his Yiddish writings are collected in Apshetsungen vegn Khaver L. Segal in a Tsol Artiklen fun Khoson Yovel tsu der Gelegenheyt fun Finf un Tsvontsik Yor Fayershaft (1951; "L. Segal, Review and Articles: Jubilee Volume on the Occasion of Twenty-five Years of Leadership").