JOHN BURNS - CLIPPED SIGNATURE - HFSID 81149
Sale Price $144.00
Clipped signature, affixed to his printed biography
Clipped Signature: "John Burns", 2½x1, affixed to a larger 3x6 sheet bearing a printed biography of him. Ink note (unknown hand) at lower edge. Signature dated (unknown hand): Sept. 18, 1919. John Burns (1858-1943) was a British union activist who served in the House of Commons from 1892 to 1918, first elected on an Independent Labour ticket but later moving to the Liberal Party. Burns started out as a fiery militant, serving jail time for participation in violent demonstrations in the 1880s. As a parliamentarian, however, he espoused moderate reform measures, and served in Liberal Party Cabinet posts from 1905. He was the first working class member of a British Cabinet. A consistent opponent of war, he resigned from his post as President of the Board of Trade when Britain entered World War I. American philanthropist Andrew Carnegie granted him an annuity of £1,000 in 1919, allowing him to spend the rest of his life in research and writing, focused on the history of London and the Thames River. Toned and creased. Otherwise, fine condition.
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