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Henry Boothman

Henry Boothman

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Occupations Activist Trade unionist
Type Activism
Gender male
Death 25 April 1953
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Henry Boothman (died 25 April 1953) was a British trade union leader. Boothman was a leading figure in the Amalgamated Association of Operative Cotton Spinners for many years. During World War I, he served on the Cotton Control Board, and in 1916, he was elected as the General Secretary of the Spinners' Union. Around the same time, he won election as treasurer of the United Textile Factory Workers' Association and, in 1919, he was elected to the Parliamentary Committee of the Trades Union Congress (TUC), and continued on its replacement, the General Council. From 1925 to 1929, he served on the Board of Trade Committee. Boothman served on the General Council of the TUC until 1936; during this time, he was asked to become chairman and President of the TUC, but he refused, on the grounds that this would require him to spend too much time away from the Lancashire base of his union. He served on the Cotton Board during World War II, but resigned from all his posts in 1943, after suffering from poor health. He died ten years later.

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