Adolph Fischer came to the U.S. at age 15 from Germany and worked as an apprentice compositor at a German language newspaper. He was a member of the German Typographical Union in St. Louis, where he was married. He brought his wife, Johanna Pfauntz and children to Chicago in 1883, when he came to work for the anarchist daily Arbeiter-Zeitung and its editor, August Spies. As editor of the journal Der Anarchist, Fischer was active in the extreme left of the anarchist movement in Chicago. He helped plan the Haymarket meeting, but left the assembly before the bomb went off. At the time of his arrest he was foreman of the Arbeiter-Zeitung composing room. He was hanged on November 11, 1887.
- Autobiography of Adolph Fischer
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