On March 27, 1946, Walter Reuther was elected president of the UAW. Actively involved with the Flint Sit-down Strike in early 1937, Reuther also gained recognition when he was beaten by Ford security guards at the “Battle of the Overpass” in 1937. He served as UAW’s president until his accidental death in 1970.
Source: Michigan History
Irving Bluestone, Walter Reuther : Working Class Hero, Time Magazine, December 7, 1998.
No Greater Calling : The Life of Walter P. Reuther, courtesy of the Wayne State University Libraries, Walter P. Reuther Library.
For more information see Walter Reuther / Anthony Carew. Manchester ; New York : Manchester University Press ; New York : Distributed exclusively in the USA and Canada by St. Martin’s Press, c1993, one of many books about him.