James Larkin was a son to Mary Ann McNulty and her husband, James Larkin. The two were of Irish descent, from County Armagh. James Larkin had an elder brother and a few other siblings. He went to school like other kids, but only until he was 14.
Afterwards, he did not have a choice but to quit due to the death of his father. Their poor state of being also forced him to look for work, but before he could struggle too much, he was asked to replace his father at the firm he worked in.
Two years is the period he worked for the firm. He spent the next few months looking for another job. He then became a sailor for some time. He was able to support his struggling mother and dependent siblings until he got a better post as a dock foreman. Learn more about Jim Larkin: http://www.irishexaminer.com/lifestyle/artsfilmtv/books/the-definitive-biography-of-big-jim-larkin-372254.html
In 1903, became part of the Independent Labour Party and also got wedded to Elizabeth Brown later that year.
Two years into his marriage when he had just made a family, he joined the National Union of Dock Laborers, which became interested in him after he was dismissed as a foreman following a strike which James Larkin led. His initial post at the union was temporary, until later in 1905 when he became a permanent organizer. Read more: Jim Larkin | Biography and Jim Larkin | Wikipedia
James Larkin was posted to Scotland, following the increasing number of Chinese immigrants. This was seen as a threat to the employment of workers from Liverpool. James Larkin led a strike, which involved dressing up as Chinese and protesting in the streets against their immigration.
In 1907, James Larkin left NUDL and formed a union of his own, the Irish Transport and General Workers’ Union. The sole purpose of ITGWU was to bring together all Irish employees. He and James Connolly later formed the Irish Labour Party which became famous for the Dublin Lockout of 1913.
James Larkin went to the United States, and as he was there, his friend James Connolly died in the Easter Rising.
James was arrested for criminal anarchy in 1920 and later released before being deported to Ireland where he also died in January 1947.