Wheatley, John (1869-1930)
A Scottish Socialist politician who was the first Labour Minister of Health and later became the British Minister of Health from January 1924 till November 1924. He was strongly against the birth control movement.
Johnson-Flenga, Circe (created stub)
Bonmahon, County Waterford, Ireland, UK
Braehead, South Lanarkshire, Scotland, UK
Glasgow, Scotland, UK
Person Item Type Metadata
Bonmahon, County Waterford, Ireland
Minister of Health
John Wheatley was born in Bonmahon, Ireland on May 19th 1869. At the age of seven, his family moved to Braehead in Lanarkshire. Having gone to a Catholic school, religion played a significant part in his life, and later on in his political beliefs. At age of fourteen, Wheatley began to work as a miner. In 1893 he became a publican, which inspired him to later on run his successful printing business in 1907 which published political works. Wheatley was the author of several pamphlets and articles which he published such as: How the Miners were Robbed? (1907) Miners, Mines and Misery (1909),The Catholic Working Man (1909),among many others. Soon after, John Wheatley became involved in politics himself, by first being a councillor, and then being elected to the House of Commons. In January 1924 he was designated by Prime Minister Ramsey MacDonald to be his Minister of Health. Wheatley was then succeded by Neville Chamberlain. In May of 1924, H. G. Wells conducted The Worker's Birth Control Group in England which requested advice and information on the topic of Birth Control to be accessible to people who inquired into it. John Wheatley was strongly against this, and refused to support this movement. Wheatley died on May 12th 1930.