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William Anderson


William Anderson

William Anderson was born in Gamrie, Scotland, in 1877. Educated at elementary school he was apprenticed to a manufacturing chemist. He joined the Shop Assistants' Union and in 1903 became one of its organizers

Anderson joined the Independent Labour Party and served as its chairman (1911-14). H e was elected to the House of Commons for Keighley in 1911. He moved to the Attercliffe division of Sheffield in December 1914.

Anderson, who was married to Mary Macarthur, was also chairman of the Labour Party (1914-15). Defeated in the 1918 General Election, Anderson died of influenza on 25th February 1919.