Charles Albert Watts

(1858—1946) freethought editor and publisher

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Charles Albert Watts was born in London on 27 May 1858 and died in Banbury on 15 May 1946. He was the son of the noted freethinker and publisher Charles Watts (1836–1906), and was to inherit both his father's publishing house and fame as an advocate of rationalism and secularism. Watts began his career as a compositor at the age of twelve, working for Austin Holyoake's firm, which his father was to take over in 1880. The firm's name was changed to ‘C. Watts’ and later again to ‘C. A. Watts & Co’. When his father, after quarrelling with Charles Bradlaugh, left for Canada in 1884, Charles Albert stayed behind to run the publishing business in England. He founded The Agnostic Annual that year and edited it until 1943, when it was taken over by his son Frederick Charles Chater Watts (1896–1953).


From The Continuum Encyclopedia of British Philosophy in Oxford Reference.

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