Enoch Edwards

Enoch Edwards
Edwards c.1900

Enoch Edwards (April 1852 – 28 June 1912) was a British trade unionist and politician.

BiographyEdit

Edwards was born at Talk-o'-the Hill Staffordshire on 10 April 1852. He was the son of a pitman, and worked as a boy in a coal-mine.[1]

In 1870 he became treasurer of the North Staffordshire Miners' Association and was elected secretary to the same body in 1877. In 1880 he became president of the Midland Miners' Association; he was later president of the Miners' Federation of Great Britain in 1904.[1]

In 1884 he went to Burslem, where he became a member of the school board and town council in 1886, and later he became alderman and mayor. He was also a member of the Staffordshire County Council. He was elected to Parliament as the Lib-Lab MP for Hanley in 1906. He then was a Labour Party MP in 1909. He died at Southport 28 June 1912.[2]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b   One or more of the preceding sentences incorporates text from a publication now in the public domainChisholm, Hugh, ed. (1922). "Edwards, Enoch". Encyclopædia Britannica. 30 (12th ed.). London & New York. p. 939.
  2. ^ Benson, John. "Edwards, Enoch (1852–1912)". Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (online ed.). Oxford University Press. doi:10.1093/ref:odnb/47350. (Subscription or UK public library membership required.)

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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Arthur Heath
Member of Parliament for Hanley
19061912
Succeeded by
R. L. Outhwaite
Trade union offices
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James Hand
Secretary of the North Staffordshire Miners' Federation
1877–1912
Succeeded by
Samuel Finney
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New position
Treasurer of the Miners' Federation of Great Britain
1889–1904
Succeeded by
William Abraham
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New position
President of the Midland Counties Miners' Federation
1886–1912
Succeeded by
Samuel Finney
Preceded by
Ben Tillett and Francis Chandler
Trades Union Congress representative to the American Federation of Labour
1902
With: Matthew Arrandale
Succeeded by
William Mullin and James O'Grady
Preceded by
Ben Pickard
President of the Miners' Federation of Great Britain
1904–1912
Succeeded by
Robert Smillie