William Gallacher

(1881—1965) political activist and politician

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(1881–1965), Communist leader. Gallacher's political and cultural formation occurred within the orbit of the skilled and politically conscious element of the Clydeside working class, reacting in a variety of modes against the extended social misery and deprivation of the late Victorian ear—in a society renowned for its hard-drinking practices he remained all his life a rigid teetotaller (see temperance).


From The Oxford Companion to Scottish History in Oxford Reference.

Subjects: British History.

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