James Larkin was a leader in Irish for trade union and a well-known socialist activist. He was born in Liverpool, England and moved with his family to Burren, South County down. He started a full trade union career in 1905.
James Larkin nicknamed Big Jim was born on January 21, 1876, to Irish parents and died on January 30, 1947. He obtained little education in his childhood education. Larkin involved himself in doing many manual jobs in Liverpool living with his parents.
Larkin was an Irish labor organizer, activist, and founder of the Irish Transport and General Workers Union in 1907. He also began citizen army and was a socialist. He accomplished most of these when he joined the national union of Dock Labourers in 1905.
James Larkin in America
In 1914, Larkin moved to the United States though he would get deported. He went to America for a lecture trip and in for a contribution for funds to fight the British war. Read more: James Larkin | Biography and Jim Larkin | Wikipedia
He involved himself with the industrial workers of the world (IWW) and the socialist party of America. In 1918 while in the US, James started and founded the James Connolly socialist club in the city of New York.
In 1920, James Larkin got convicted of criminal anarchy and communism and later jailed for three years and deported to Ireland. In Ireland, he planned the worker’s union of Ireland and got popularity from communism international in 1924.
James Larkin married Elizabeth Brown in 1903. They had four sons.
During his aging 1930s years, during the Catholic Church battled against communism, he went close as he focused on the indisposed Worker’s Union of Ireland WUI and on constructing a foundation for a position on Dublin Corporation.
In 1943, Larkin got nominated as the labor TD for northeast Dublin and in 1946; he fell on the floor while managing changes to the WUI hall walls and later died in Meath Hospital in 1946.