Langford, John Alfred (M)

b. 12 September 1823. d. 24 January 1903. Nationality: English. VIAF.
Working-class poet, journalist, and advocate for social reform and public libraries. Born in Birmingham. Father worked as a chair maker and his mother was the daughter of a baker. Langford’s full-time schooling stopped at age ten when he worked for his father’s employer. Became his father’s apprentice and attended the Mechanic’s Institute in Birmingham. Married Anne Swinton in 1842 then, after her death, married Mary Anne Price on 7 April 1849. Became involved in radical social reform and in the co-operative movement. In 1850 started a business selling books and newspapers in a Birmingham shop, and then in 1852 established a printing business with his father. Appointed sub-editor of *Birmingham Daily Press* in 1855, and editor of *Birmingham Daily Gazette* in 1864. Elected to the Birmingham School Board as a Liberal and noncomformist. Author of the poetry volumes *The Lamp of Life* (1855) and *Poems of the Field and Town* (1859). Biographical information: *ODNB*. (AC)

Poems associated with this person

Total poems: 3
Poem title Date Periodical Roles id #
The Gloves 1860-04-28 Once a Week Poet 267
Our Chase 1861-12-07 Once a Week Poet 863
The Love-Cheat 1864-06-04 Once a Week Poet 591