C. W. Bowerman

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The Right Honourable
C. W. Bowerman
Charles William Bowerman in 1917 looking at camera.jpg
Bowerman in 1917
Member of Parliament
In office
8 February 1906 – 27 October 1931
Preceded by Arthur Henry Aylmer Morton
Succeeded by Denis Augustine Hanley
Constituency Deptford
1st General Secretary of the
Trades Union Congress
In office
1921–1923
Assistant Fred Bramley
Preceded by new office
Succeeded by Fred Bramley
11th Secretary of the Parliamentary Committee of the Trades Union Congress
In office
1911–1921
Preceded by W. C. Steadman
Succeeded by office abolished
Alderman of the London County Council
In office
1901–1907
President of the Trades Union Congress
In office
1901
Secretary Sam Woods
Preceded by William Pickles
Succeeded by W. C. Steadman
General Secretary of the
London Society of Compositors
In office
1892–1906
Preceded by C. J. Drummond
Succeeded by Thomas Naylor
Personal details
Born (1851-01-22)22 January 1851
Honiton, Devon, England
Died 11 June 1947(1947-06-11) (aged 96)
Highbury, London, England
Political party
Occupation Trade unionist, compositor, jeweller

Charles William Bowerman PC (22 January 1851 – 11 June 1947), often known as C. W. Bowerman, was a prominent British trade unionist and politician.

Life[edit]

Born in Honiton, Bowerman moved to Clerkenwell in London at an early age. On leaving education, he worked as a jeweller and then a compositor. In 1872 he briefly worked for Hour newspaper before moving to the Daily Telegraph. He joined the London Society of Compositors in 1873 and became its General Secretary in 1892, a post he held until 1906.

In 1893, Bowerman joined the Fabian Society, and in 1897, he was elected to the Parliamentary Committee of the Trades Union Congress, the body which later became the General Council. In 1901, was elected as a Progressive Party alderman on London County Council, a position he held until 1907.

Bowerman was the President of the TUC in 1901, and the Secretary of the Parliamentary Committee from 1911 until 1921, when he became the organisation's first General Secretary. He retired from the post in 1923.

In 1906, Bowerman was elected as the Labour Party Member of Parliament for Deptford, a post he retained until the 1931 general election, becoming a privy councillor in 1916.

In the years following his defeat, Bowerman joined the Next Five Years Group, the council of Ruskin College and the board of directors of the Co-operative Printing Society.

He died on 11 June 1947.

Legacy[edit]

There is a plaque commemorating Bowerman on 4 Battledean Road, a house in London N5.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "A-Z of Islington's Plaques". Islington Council. Archived from the original on 22 October 2014. Retrieved 11 November 2014. 

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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Arthur Henry Aylmer Morton
Member of Parliament for Deptford
19061931
Succeeded by
Denis Augustine Hanley
Preceded by
T. P. O'Connor
Oldest Member of Parliament
(not Father of the House)

1929–1931
Succeeded by
Samuel Samuel
Trade union offices
Preceded by
C. J. Drummond
General Secretary of the
London Society of Compositors

1892–1906
Succeeded by
Thomas Naylor
Preceded by
William Inskip
Treasurer of the Trades Union Congress
1899–1901
Succeeded by
W. C. Steadman
Preceded by
Francis Chandler
Chairman of the Parliamentary Committee of the
Trades Union Congress

1900
Preceded by
William Pickles
President of the Trades Union Congress
1901
Preceded by
W. C. Steadman
Secretary of the Parliamentary Committee of the
Trades Union Congress

1911–1921
Office abolished
New office General Secretary of the Trades Union Congress
1921–1923
Succeeded by
Fred Bramley