First name/s: Joseph
Last name: Pointer
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Date of birth:
Year of birth: 0
Life before Ruskin
Date and place of birth: 1875 or 1876, Sheffield
Work: Pattern Cutter
Politics/Trade union activity: Member of ILP and of Patternmakers Society
Trade Union membership (at time of entry to Ruskin)
Life at Ruskin
Dates at Ruskin: 1900-1901 (six months)
Source of funding: Unknown, possibly a ‘working’ student, receiving board and tuition for work in the office or garden.
Subjects studied at Ruskin: Standard syllabus
Life after Ruskin
Work: Pattern Maker, but according to one source lost job after a strike. In 1909 elected as MP for Sheffield Attercliffe
Politics/trade union activity: Member of ILP and Patternmakers Society. The Patternmakers funded his election campaign in 1909.
Place & date of death: Sheffield, 1914
Date of death:
Year of death: 1914
Achievements / Publications
1908 Elected to Sheffield City Council as Labour member for Brightside
1909 Elected to Parliament as Labour MP for Sheffield Brightside and retained the seat until his death in 1915. Was a Labour Whip.
He was on the Plebs League Committee (listed in The Plebs, 1.8, Sept 1909, p 175)
Material in archives or already published articles
Sheffield City archives have published a pdf history of the 1909 Attercliffe election.The link is:
The Storm of Politics, an unsourced web publication about Sheffield political notables has a section on Joseph Pointer.
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