Joseph Cowen

Photograph of Joe [Joseph] Cowen, MP

Parliamentary Archives, PHO/11/2/2

Joseph Cowen was MP for Newcastle-upon-Tyne between 1874 and 1886. Cowen was a radical activist, politician, journalist and printer. Cowen was known in the House of Commons for his choice to adopt the dress of a Northumbrian miner, which was, at that time, a great novelty. At Parliament he frequently spoke up for the concerns of his working class constituents.

This section explores his life and career in Parliament.

Early life

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Writer and printer

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Involvement with the Northern Reform Union

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Election to Parliament

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Later career and life

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Related information

The De Montfort Project is an outreach project run by the Parliamentary Archives which explores the life and impact of local MPs and Peers on both their local area and at Parliament.

Related information

Biographies of Ellen Wilkinson, Jack Lawson, Earl Grey and Joseph Cowen can be found on the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography.

Related information

Biographies of Ellen Wilkinson, Jack Lawson, Earl Grey and Joseph Cowen can be found on the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography.