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George F. Johnson

Endicott-Johnson Company

1920 - 1930

Fabric & Apparel

1920 b. 1857
Born-Died1857 - 1948
BirthplaceMassachusetts (MA)
FatherLaborer, Skilled
Era - 1920

Johnson built a successful shoe company, but his most striking contributions to American capitalism were the progressive labor policies introduced at Endicott-Johnson. His company was the first in the shoe industry to introduce the 8-hour workday, 40-hour workweek, and comprehensive medical care. Despite paying some of the highest wages in the industry, Endicott-Johnson was consistently profitable.