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William Adamson

(1863-1936), Politician, Chairman of the Parliamentary Labour Party and Secretary of State for Scotland

Sitter in 14 portraits
The son of a coalminer, William Adamson was born in Dunfermline. He himself spent twenty-seven years from the age of eleven working in the mining industry. He joined the National Union of Mineworkers, first as a branch delegate, and rising through the ranks to become General Secretary by 1908. Adamson was elected to Parliament as a Labour Party MP in 1910. In 1917 he was elevated to the chairmanship of the Parliamentary Labour Party; he held this post until being replaced by J. R. Clynes in 1921. Throughout the 1920s Adamson remained a senior figure within the Parliamentary Labour Party. He headed the Scottish Office in both the 1924 and the 1929 governments until losing his seat in the 1931 election.

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William Adamson, by Sir David Low - NPG 4529(1)

William Adamson

by Sir David Low
pencil, late 1920s-1936
NPG 4529(1)

William Adamson; Keir Hardie; Thomas Richardson, by Sir (John) Benjamin Stone - NPG x137724

William Adamson; Keir Hardie; Thomas Richardson

by Sir (John) Benjamin Stone
platinum print, 6 February 1911
NPG x137724

William Adamson, by Bassano Ltd - NPG x22371

William Adamson

by Bassano Ltd
whole-plate glass negative, 14 March 1918
NPG x22371

William Adamson, by Bassano Ltd - NPG x22372

William Adamson

by Bassano Ltd
whole-plate glass negative, 14 March 1918
NPG x22372

William Adamson, by Bassano Ltd - NPG x22373

William Adamson

by Bassano Ltd
whole-plate glass negative, 2 February 1920
NPG x22373

William Adamson, by Bassano Ltd - NPG x22374

William Adamson

by Bassano Ltd
whole-plate glass negative, 2 February 1920
NPG x22374

William Adamson, by Bassano Ltd - NPG x22375

William Adamson

by Bassano Ltd
whole-plate glass negative, 2 February 1920
NPG x22375

William Adamson, by Walter Stoneman - NPG x67175

William Adamson

by Walter Stoneman
bromide print, 1920
NPG x67175

William Adamson, by Bassano Ltd - NPG x122825

William Adamson

by Bassano Ltd
whole-plate glass negative, 20 December 1923
NPG x122825

Ramsay MacDonald and his cabinet of 1924, by Elliott & Fry - NPG x182171

Ramsay MacDonald and his cabinet of 1924

by Elliott & Fry
12 x 10 inch glass plate negative, 1924
NPG x182171

'The Labour Cabinet, 1929', by Barratt's - NPG x197884

'The Labour Cabinet, 1929'

by Barratt's
bromide postcard print, 1929
NPG x197884

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William Adamson

by Walter Stoneman
negative, 1920
NPG x67173

Web image not currently available

William Adamson

by Walter Stoneman
negative, 1920
NPG x67174

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