Parrott, William

Primitive MethodistPrimitive Methodism local preacher Local Preachersand politician, the son of a carpet weaver, born at Row Green, Somerset on 18 December 1843; the family soon, moved to Yorkshire. Aged eight he began working in a brickyard, at nine in a factory, and at ten at Methley Colliery as a pit boy; educationally, essentially he was self-taught.

In 1872 he was elected as a checkweightman at the Good Hope Pit, Normanton, and then from 1876 to 1881 was the Assistant Secretary of the West Yorkshire Miners Association. In 1881 it merged with the south Yorkshire Miners Association to form the Yorkshire Miners Association, holding the post as agent for twenty years. Originally adopted as the Liberal candidate for East Leeds, the death of Ben Pickard Pickard, Benjamin, MP, a Methley Wesleyan local preacher and Lib-Lab member for Normanton, saw Parrott elected in the 1904 by-election. However, he died at Barnsley on 9 September 1905.

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