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Robert F. Wagner Sr.
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U.S. Senator
    (June 8, 1877-May 4, 1953)
    Born in Nastätten, Hesse-Nassau, Kingdom of Prussia, German Empire
    Middle name was Ferdinand
    United States Senator from New York (March 4, 1927–June 28, 1949)
    Member of the New York Senate from the 16th district (January 1, 1909–December 31, 1918)
    Member of the New York State Assembly (January 1, 1905–December 31, 1905)
    Father of New York Mayor Robert F. Wagner Jr.
    He lost his first Senate bid in 1926.
    He named his kid after himself.
    He abandoned law shortly after getting his degree in favor of Democrat Party politics.
    He was a ward heeler for Tammany Hall, which was the foothold for his political career.
    He emigrated from Germany at the age of eight.
    He authored sweeping legislation that dramatically changed the country's landscape.
    As chairman of the New York Assembly State Factory Investigation Committee, he had investigated the tragic Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire, which committed him to labor reform.
    His most notable accomplishments - the Social Security Act (provided old-age pensions to Americans) and the Wagner Labor Act (guaranteed labor's right to organize and bargain collectively) - were both passed into law.
    He was a leading proponent of federal anti-lynching legislation, and very nearly got it passed.
    The United States Senate voted to add his portrait to a select collection in the Senate Reception Room (2000).

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