Biography of Dixon, F. J. (Frederick John), 1881-1931
Frederick John Dixon (1881-1931) was born in England. He came to Winnipeg in 1903 and worked as an engraver. Dixon supported a variety of reforms, such as temperance, women’s suffrage, and public ownership of public utilities. He was active in the Political Equality League, the Direct Taxation League, and the League for the Taxation of Land Values. From 1914 to 1923, he sat in the Manitoba legislature for Winnipeg Centre as a labour member. Dixon helped to launch an investigation that exposed the corruption in the building of the Manitoba legislative building and thus forced the resignation of Premier Sir Rodmond Roblin. From 1922 to 1923 he was one of the leaders of the Independent Labor Party and he was also chairman of the Dominion Labor Party, which was organized in 1918. One of the leaders of the Winnipeg General Strike, Dixon was arrested, tried for seditious libel, defended himself, and was found innocent.