Eamon De Valera
Photo of Eamon De Valera, seated second from right, President of the Irish Republic with the reception committee of the State Branch of the American Federation of Labor in Greenfield, MA, September 9 1919. He had escaped from Lincoln jail earlier that year and was in America to raise support for the Irish cause. He managed to raise a sum of $5,500,000 in the process.
From New York Times Sept 10 1919
LABOR MEN HEAR DE VALERA
Massachussets A.F. of L. asks recognition of Irish Republic.
Greenfield, Mass., Sept. 9
The State branch of the American Federation of Labor in annual session here gave Eamonn De Valera "President of the Irish Republic," an enthusiastic welcome today. He was escorted from the station to the hall, where he was cheered wildly.
Addressing the delegates, he urged recognition of the "Republic" by the United States and asserted that present international law was "a rule of robbers amongst themselves."
The convention adopted a resolution requesting Congress to recognize the Irish Republic and appointed a committee to urge Senators and Congressmen to vote for recognition.