James Maxton MP, (1885-1946) Politician
James Maxton was born on 22nd June 1885 in Pollokshaws, Glasgow. Both his parents were teachers and at the age of five the family moved to Barrhead where his father was appointed headmaster of Grahamston School. Maxton attended school in Barrhead until he was twelve years old, he won a scholarship to Hutcheson’s Grammar School and from there he was to graduate as a Master of Arts at Glasgow University and follow in the family tradition of teaching.
While at University he became interested in Politics and much of this was due to the influence of John Maclean of the Social Democratic Federation. Maxton was a regular attendee at the Socialist Propaganda Meetings held on Sunday evenings at the Paisley Hippodrome. Converted to the Socialist cause he joined the Barrhead branch of the Independent Labour Party in 1906 and within six years was sitting on the National Council of the ILP.
In the General Election of 1922, he was elected Member of Parliament for the Bridgeton Constituency, a post he held until his death in 1946. He spent his life working against poverty, unemployment and social injustice.
Books and Articles on James Maxton:
- Barrhead Community Council, The Story of James Maxton M.P. 1985
- John McNair, James Maxton: The Beloved Rebel. 1985. Blackfriars Press Ltd.
- William Knox, James Maxton. 1987. Manchester University Press.
- Gilbert McAllister, James Maxton: The Portrait of a Rebel. 1935. Butler and Tanner.
- Gordon Brown, Maxton. 1986. Mainstream Publishing.