• I was born in Newhouse, United Kingdom, in 1856.
  • I began work aged seven, but was rigorously educated at home by my parents and became a lifelong trade unionist.
  • I was the first independent Labour Member of Parliament, winning West Ham (South) by a majority of 1,232 in 1892.
  • I was instrumental in the founding of the modern Labour Party, and in 1906 became the first chairman of the Parliamentary Labour Party.
  • I sought to organise international socialist opposition to war in 1914 but the Labour Party decided to back the war, which disillusioned me greatly, and I died a year later.

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