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John Thomas Macpherson (1872–1921)[1] was a Labour Member of Parliament for the United Kingdom House of Commons constituency of Preston.

A one-time cabin boy, steel smelter and founder of the Steel Smelters' Society[2] he was elected to represent Preston at the United Kingdom general election of 1906. His first recorded question in the House of Commons concerned the wages of armour-plate makers.[3]

At the time of the 1910 Rotherham by-election, Macpherson was an official of the British Steel Smelters, Mill, Iron and Tin-plate Workers’ Union [4] and the union was said to be strong in the Rotherham constituency and willing to pay for his deposit and other expenses to stand in the election.[5]


  1. ^ "Labour Representation Committee members of the British parliament elected in 1906". Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (online ed.). Oxford University Press. doi:10.1093/ref:odnb/96943.(Subscription or UK public library membership required.)
  2. ^ A Labour MP PapersPast
  3. ^ Wages of Sheffield Armour-Plate Makers. Millbank Archives
  4. ^ The Times, 19 January 1906 p15
  5. ^ The Times, 24 February 1910 p9

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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
John Kerr
Member of Parliament for Preston
With: Harold Cox
Trade union offices
Preceded by
New position
Assistant General Secretary of the British Steel Smelters' Association
1900 – 1906
Succeeded by
Arthur Pugh