In 1894, President Grover Cleveland issued the first annual Labor Day. The new holiday was in response to a battle during the Pullman Strike which resulted in the deaths of 30 strikers. Thousands of Pullman company railroad workers organized a strike in response to their diminishing wages. The strike continued to grow and involved a quarter of a million workers across 27 states before 12,000 US Army troops were sent in. In the ensuing violence, 30 workers were killed and many more were injured. This 1894 quarter eagle evokes the year that Labor Day went into effect in an effort to conciliate any disgruntled workers considering a strike of their own.