In the Kingdom of Coal: An American Family and the Rock That Changed the World

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Principal Characters

Ayers, General Rufus A. (1849-1926). Pioneer developer of Wise County, Va. Involved in formation of Virginia Coal & Iron Co., 1879-82. Represented Olinger heirs in Virginia who sold land to General Imboden, subsequently acquired by Leisenrings. Died May 14,1926, Radford, Va.

Belcher, Timothy W. (1961-). Major League Baseball pitcher; grandson of Worley Givens, great-great-grandson of Bob Givens. Born Sparta, Ohio. In 14-year career, 1987-2000, won 146 games for Los Angeles Dodgers, Cincinnati Reds, Chicago White Sox, Detroit Tigers, Seattle Mariners, Kansas City Royals, Anaheim Angels.

Bertsch, Daniel, Sr. (1801-1877). Father-in-law of Judge John Leisenring. Born Lockport, Pa.; to Mauch Chunk as blacksmith, 1827. Construction contractor on Lehigh Canal and Lehigh & Susquehanna RR, 1828-45; contract operator for LC&N mines, 1845-65. His daughter Caroline married Judge John Leisenring, May 12, 1844.

Bertsch, Daniel Jr. (1827-1891). Brother-in-law of Judge John Leisenring. President of Upper Lehigh Coal Co. With Leisenring group, director of Virginia Coal & Iron Co. from its founding in 1882 to his death on Dec. 17, 1891.

Boyle, W. A. (Tony) (1901-1985). John L. Lewis’s assistant at UMW, 1948-60; president of UMW 1963-72; convicted of ordering 1969 murder of union rival Joseph Yablonski, 1974.

Brennan, Joseph P. (1935). Labor and coal association official. Joined UMW research department 1957, director 1968-73; National Coal Assn., VP/economics and planning, 1973-75; president, Bituminous Coal Operators Assn., 1975-99.

Carnegie, Andrew (1836-1919). Steel magnate. Born Dunfermline, Scotland, Nov. 25, 1835; to United States, 1848, settled in Allegheny, Pa. Entered iron business 1865; steel 1873. Bought controlling interest in H. C. Frick & Co. 1882; consolidated holdings into Carnegie Steel Co., 1889, and put Frick in charge. Merged company with U. S. Steel, 1901, and retired. Died Aug. 11,1919, Lenox, Mass.

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Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Title Page i
  • Contents iii
  • Leisenring and Givens Family Trees ix
  • Chronology xi
  • Part I 11
  • Chapter 1 - A Rock That Burns 13
  • Chapter 2 - A Passage from the Mines 21
  • Chapter 3 - Holy Trinity 29
  • Chapter 4 - Boy Wonder of the Anthracite 37
  • Chapter 5 - Souls in Darkness 47
  • Chapter 6 - A Road Not Taken 57
  • Part II 65
  • Chapter 7 - The Ambitions of Henry Clay Frick 67
  • Chapter 8 - At War in the Coke Fields 75
  • Part III 99
  • Chapter 9 - Starting Over 101
  • Chapter 10 - The Rise of John L. Lewis 115
  • Chapter 11 - Utopia Goes Union 135
  • Chapter 12 - Be Careful What You Wish For 165
  • Chapter 13 - Prelude to Murder 187
  • Part IV 207
  • Chapter 14 - The Age of Uncertainty 209
  • Chapter 15 - Riding the Roller Coaster 231
  • Chapter 16 - Nowhere to Hide 245
  • Principal Characters 267
  • Notes 273
  • Bibliography 315
  • Acknowledgments 319
  • Index 321
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