Remembering the day Tom Johnston was born

Tom Johnston died in 1965
Tom Johnston died in 1965
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1881

On this day in 1881, Tom Johnston, one of Scotland’s most well-known Secretaries of State, was born.

Tom Johnston visiting Kirkintilloch.

Tom Johnston visiting Kirkintilloch.

Born in Kirkintilloch, Johnston began as a journalist who impressed his contemporaries by organising Keir Hardie’s campaign for the rectorship of Glasgow University.

As Secretary of State, the North of Scotland Hydro-Electric Board was his most innovative achievement, and he handled rural Scotland’s resistance and hesitation towards the project intelligently. On leaving politics, he become the Hydro Board’s first head in 1945.

Tom Johnston died in 1965.