David K. Watson
|David Kemper Watson|
|Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Ohio's 12th district
March 4, 1895 – March 3, 1897
|Preceded by||Joseph H. Outhwaite|
|Succeeded by||John J. Lentz|
|19th Ohio Attorney General|
January 9, 1888 – January 11, 1892
|Preceded by||Jacob A. Kohler|
|Succeeded by||John K. Richards|
June 18, 1849|
|Died||September 28, 1918
|Resting place||Green Lawn Cemetery, Columbus, Ohio|
|Spouse(s)||Louise M. Harrison|
|Alma mater||Dickinson College|
Born near London, Ohio, Watson was graduated from Dickinson College, Carlisle, Pennsylvania, in 1871 and from the law department of Boston University in 1873. He was admitted to the bar and commenced practice. He served as assistant United States district attorney for the southern district of Ohio during the administration of President Arthur.
Watson was elected attorney general of Ohio in 1887 and reelected in 1889. In 1890, he successfully prosecuted the Standard Oil Company under the Sherman Antitrust Act, leading the court to dissolve the trust. He served as special counsel for the United States in the suits brought by the Government against the Pacific railroads in 1892.
Watson was elected as a Republican to the Fifty-fourth Congress (March 4, 1895-March 3, 1897). He was an unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1896 to the Fifty-fifth Congress. He was appointed by President William McKinley as a member of the commission to revise and codify the laws of the United States. He resumed the practice of law.
- Watson, David K. (1890). "The Early Judiciary, Early Laws and Bar of Ohio". Ohio Archaeological and Historical Publications 3: 141–160.
- Reed, George Irving; Randall, Emilius Oviatt; Greve, Charles Theodore, eds. (1897). Bench and Bar of Ohio: a Compendium of History and Biography 2. Chicago: Century Publishing and Engraving Company. pp. 257–258.
- Goodman, Rebecca (2005). "This Day in Ohio History". Emmis Books. p. 294. Retrieved 21 November 2013.
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