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Leadership upheaval

Photo caption: President Charles C. Shay

 International President Charles Shay, an autocratic and politically ruthless leader, was forced to resign in 1923 under accusations that included mismanagement of some $75,000 of union funds derived from a special assessment of the locals.  The money was never accounted for.

Shortly after, General Secretary-Treasurer F.G. Lemaster also resigned.  William Canavan became International President and immediately refunded part of the special assessment levied by President Shay that had been his undoing.