Frederick W. White; 1869-; newsagent, politician, Mayor of King's Lynn; King's Lynn, Norfolk

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Frederick W. White; 1869-; newsagent, politician, Mayor of King's Lynn; King's Lynn, Norfolk

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Frederick W. White was born on 24 December 1869 at East Dereham, the oldest son of seven children born to William and Charlotte White. In 1890, he married Miss M.E. Walker of Thornham. Frederick White ran a newsagents shop on Windsor Road and then on the corner of London Road, King's Lynn. He was elected to King's Lynn Borough Council for Labour in 1924 and was Mayor of King's Lynn, 1930.
Frederick White was a founding member of the King's Lynn Socialist Society (KLSS) in 1897. The Society did not have a Chairman but White was a key member of its Executive Committee. In 1898, the KLSS united with the King's Lynn Social Democratic Front (KLSDF) to form the King's Lynn Social Democratic Party (KLSPD). Unfortunately, it appears that records of the KLSDF have not survived.
Between 1904-6, there were divisions between local socialists in King's Lynn over whether to affiliate nationally to the Independent Labour Party (ILP) or the Social Democratic Front (SDF). In 1904, the Executive Committee of the KLSDP decided that each individual member could subscribe to the national party of their choice but remain a member of the KLSDP locally. In 1905, there was a split: some members joined the SDF and others remained with the KLSDP which became affiliated to the ILP. In September 1906, Frederick White formed the King's Lynn Branch of the ILP and was joined by most members of the KLSDP and some SDF supporters. He served as ILP branch Chairman in 1908 and as Secretary, 1913-15. The King's Lynn Independent Labour Party was suspended during the First World War and afterwards the final minutes record that it was found impossible to re-form the party which dispanded in 1916.


King's Lynn, Norfolk

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newsagent; politician; Mayor of King's Lynn

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Created on: 03/01/2019 by Catherine.Collins




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