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Supporting Child Labor Bill for D.C.

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James W. Houston, president of a company of wholesale grocers and coffee roasters based in Pittsburgh, urged passage of S. 4812, a bill to regulate child labor in the District of Columbia. Sent to Congressman William H. Graham of Pennsylvania, who represented Pittsburgh in his congressional district, it stressed the importance that the District of Columbia pass this legislation because it “will give a new impetus to this movement in the several states.” When the legislation was signed into law in May 1908, it prohibited the employment of children younger than 14 years in the District of Columbia and limited the number of work hours. The legislation also waived the age restriction in cases where children were employed in the Senate and for children between the ages of 12 and 14, if the family needed the additional income.

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