The Right Honourable J. H. THOMAS, M.P.
'If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue, or walk with kings nor lose the common touch 'âthese words might well have been written in praise of the Right Honourable James Henry Thomas, M.P. This is the man who started life as an errand boy at the age of nine, and after working in turn as engine cleaner, fireman and driver on the Great Western Railway, rose to become a Cabinet Minister and one of His Majesty's Privy Councillors. He certainly possesses a peculiar genius for friendship. A man is not without good reason called 'Jimmy' by everybody, from the Prince of Wales to the humblest of his constituents. Yet, at moments of crisis, he has never been afraid to court unpopularity if he believed the unpopular view to be the right view. No man is more fitted to inaugurate this new series of personal biographies by men and women who have fought their way to success.
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