In 1840 President Martin Van Buren (5th December, 1782 - 24th July, 1862) legislated to restrict federal employee's work days to 10 hours. This was the first time an American president had introduced legislation to limit the numbers of hours worked.
Please log in to consult the article in its entirety. If you are not a subscriber, please click here to read about membership. All our articles have been written recently by experts in their field, more than 95% of them university professors.