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William Power (30 August 1873–13 June 1951) was a Scottish journalist, and politician. He was the leader of the Scottish National Party (SNP) from 1940 to 1942.

Power was known as a journalist and was based in Glasgow.[1]

Power succeeded Andrew Dewar Gibb as leader of the Scottish National Party (SNP) in 1940 after a shock by-election result in Argyll. Power came from nowhere to poll 37% (7,308 votes), coming second behind the Conservative Party.[2] In 1942, Power was re-nominated by John MacCormick for the post of Chairman of the SNP, but he was narrowly defeated by Douglas Young. This led MacCormick to convene a meeting of his supporters, which established the Scottish Convention.[3][4]


  1. ^ Tom Gallagher (1987). Glasgow, the uneasy peace: religious tension in modern Scotland, 1819-1914. Manchester University Press. ISBN 0-71-902396-3
  2. ^ Dr Iain G. Old, "Candidates and Constituency Assessments", Scottish Politics (, 2 September 2008
  3. ^ Jack Brown, The National Movement in Scotland, pp.240-242
  4. ^ Keith Webb, The growth of nationalism in Scotland, p.147
Party political offices
Preceded by
Andrew Dewar Gibb
National Chairman (Leader) of the Scottish National Party
Succeeded by
Douglas Young


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