1910 Socialist Elected Chairman of the Toronto School Board

  • A Young James Simpson, from The Centennial Story book p. 121

    English-born James “Jimmy” Simpson, a committed socialist and labour activist, was elected as the Chairman of the Board of Education in 1910 after serving as a trustee almost continuously from 1905. His election signaled a change in public opinion regarding socialist views and support for his ideas on education and social improvement. His inaugural speech as Chairman gave credence to his reputation as a “radical” thinker.

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    2012.X.631.p121

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    Black and white photo of man with short dark hair wearing a white collar and black tie