James Vaughan Nigeria

Biography of James Vaughan

James Churchill Vaughan
James Churchill Vaughan

James Churchill Vaughan (1893-1937) was a graduate of the University who became a prominent political activist in Nigeria.

Born in Lagos, Vaughan was one of the five foundation students at King's College there. He came to Glasgow in 1913 to study Medicine, graduating MB, ChB in 1918. He returned to Nigeria where he set up a private clinic during the 1920s and introduced free medical services for the destitute.

Vaughan was a vocal critic of the British Colonial Administration and was active in several nationalist organisations in Nigeria and the Gold Coast (now Ghana). In 1934, with other leading nationalists, he founded a political party called the Lagos Youth Movement, which became known as the Nigerian Youth Movement in 1936. In 1938, the year after Vaughan's death, the NYM won the Lagos seats in the country's Legislative Council.


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James Vaughan
Physician and Political Activist

Born 30 May 1893, Lagos, Nigeria.
Died 1937.
GU Degree: MB ChB, 1918;
University Link: Alumnus, Graduate
Occupation categories: physicians; politicians
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English snippet: physician and prominent political activist in Nigeria
Record last updated: 20th Sep 2012

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Nigeria Nigeria, Lagos
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Nigeria Nigeria, Lagos
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