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John Hunter Watts (died 1923), known as Hunter Watts, was a British
socialist activist. Based in Manchester, Watts was an active
secularist before joining the Social Democratic Federation (SDF).
While he was friendly with William Morris, he remained with the SDF
when Morris left to found the Socialist League in 1885. He then
became treasurer of the SDF, and was a notable figure in the
organisation's major 1886 demonstration against unemployment.
During the late 1880s, he was the group's organiser in Manchester.
Watts was elected to the reorganised Executive of the SDF in 1895,
serving for one year, then again from 1902 to 1906. He spoke in
favour of socialist Sunday schools, and published State Maintenance
for School Children in 1904. In 1906, he was a leading opponent of
proposals to affiliate the SDF to the Independent Labour Party. He
served on the executive again in 1911, and remained with the group
as it became the British Socialist Party. He opposed the toleration
of syndicalists within the membership of the new organisation.
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