Hawthornthwaite, James Hurst

HAWTHORNTHWAITE, James Hurst, labour politician (b 1869, Ireland; d 1926, Victoria). After immigrating to BC in 1885, he worked as a colliery clerk at the NANAIMO coal mines, where he was a supporter of the local labour politician Ralph SMITH. Smith defected to the federal Liberal Party in 1900, and Hawthornthwaite took over his seat in the provincial legislature as a member of the Nanaimo INDEPENDENT LABOUR PARTY. Eventually he joined the Socialist Party of Canada, and even though he was...

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