Wadsworth was born at Rochdale, Lancashire on 26 May 1891, and died in Manchester on 4 November 1956. He was the son of John Wadsworth, a tailor, and his wife Jane. He was educated initially at Cronkeyshaw School, then the Central School in Rochdale, and at fourteen took his first job as a copy-holder with the Rochdale Observer. At sixteen he was a junior reporter. He also continued his education, enrolling in the earliest classes offered by the Rochdale branch of the Workers’ Educational Association and attending lectures by R.H. tawney, among others. This sparked an early interest in economics, particularly issues concerned with labour. In 1917 he took a post as reporter with the Manchester Guardian, and produced a notable series of articles on Ireland in 1920 which brought him to the attention of the Guardian's editor, C.P. Scott. In 1921 Wadsworth was made labour correspondent for the newspaper; in 1932 he became leader writer on economics and politics. In 1940 he was promoted to assistant editor, and in 1944 was appointed editor.
From The Biographical Dictionary of British Economists in Oxford Reference.