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 William Crooks

William Crooks

Birth
Poplar, London Borough of Tower Hamlets, Greater London, England
Death 5 Jun 1921 (aged 59)
London, City of London, Greater London, England
Burial Tower Hamlets, London Borough of Tower Hamlets, Greater London, England
Memorial ID 17405165 · View Source
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Trade unionist and politician. He was best-known as a trade unionist and campaigner for the poor and working class of Poplar, East London. As a young boy, his family were forced into the workhouse for the destitute, which gave some impetus to his views of the poor and homeless in the future. He read the works of Charles Dickens and also the radical campaigning newspapers of the day later becoming a member of the Fabian Society. He became the first working-class member of the Board of Guardians. His lectures were well-known locally and proved helpful in securing funds for 10,000 striking dockers at the London Dock Strike of 1889, and was elected a member of London County Council the same year along side Sidney Webb, founder of the Fabian Society. He then set about reforming the local workhouse, which was a milestone for future poor law authorities. In 1901 he was elected the first Labour Mayor of Poplar, and became a Member of Parliament for Woolwich in 1903.

Bio by: s.canning


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  • Originally Created by: s.canning
  • Added: 12 Jan 2007
  • Find A Grave Memorial 17405165
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for William Crooks (6 Apr 1862–5 Jun 1921), Find A Grave Memorial no. 17405165, citing Tower Hamlets Cemetery, Tower Hamlets, London Borough of Tower Hamlets, Greater London, England ; Maintained by Find A Grave .