William Dudley Haywood (February 4, 1869–May 18, 1928), better known as Big Bill Haywood, was a prominent figure in the American labor movement. Haywood was a leader of the Western Federation of Miners (WFM), a founding member and leader of the Industrial Workers of the World (IWW), and a member of the Executive Committee of the Socialist Party of America.

William D. Haywood is widely considered one of the foremost and most feared of America's labor leaders. Tall and gruff, "Big" Bill was a fiery speaker, powerful organizer and uninhibited critic of government and big business. . His trial for the murder of former Idaho Governor, Frank Steunenberg in 1907 (of which he was acquitted) drew national attention; in 1918, he was one of 101 IWW members convicted of violating the Espionage Act of 1917. While out of prison during an appeal of his conviction, Haywood fled to Russia, where he would spend the remaining years of his life.


The following links will guide you to essays, resources, and local events that highlight this important piece of Idaho legal history.

"The Crime of the Century" by Jeffery R. Boyle - Reprinted with permission from IQ Idaho 4(4):27:30
"Trial of the Century" Overview and list of local events commemmerating the 100th anniversory of this trial.
The Gate on 16th Avenue ( A 1905 Murder and Trial of the Century) Performance at the Boise Little Theater (Playbill)
Fire in the Hole Highlights the 2 hour documentary aired in May, 2000, that examines the mining labor conflicts that shaped the West during the early 1900's
The Verdict July 28th, 1907
"A Good Hanging Spoiled"
by John T. Richards, Jr.
Personal comments on the Haywood Verdict by John T. Richards, Jr.
Background on John T. Richards, Jr., Great Grandson of Governor Frank Steunenberg