David K. Watson

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David Kemper Watson
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Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Ohio's 12th district
In office
March 4, 1895 – March 3, 1897
Preceded byJoseph H. Outhwaite
Succeeded byJohn J. Lentz
19th Ohio Attorney General
In office
January 9, 1888 – January 11, 1892
GovernorJoseph B. Foraker
James E. Campbell
Preceded byJacob A. Kohler
Succeeded byJohn K. Richards
Personal details
Born(1849-06-18)June 18, 1849
London, Ohio
DiedSeptember 28, 1918(1918-09-28) (aged 69)
Columbus, Ohio
Resting placeGreen Lawn Cemetery, Columbus, Ohio
Political partyRepublican
Spouse(s)Louise M. Harrison
Alma materDickinson College

David Kemper Watson (June 18, 1849 – September 28, 1918) was a U.S. Representative from Ohio.

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.[1] 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.

He died in Columbus, Ohio, September 28, 1918. He was interred in Green Lawn Cemetery.[2]

Watson was married to Louise M. Harrison, daughter of Hon. Richard A. Harrison of Columbus, Ohio, in 1873, and had a son and a daughter.[1]


  • Watson, David K. (1890). "The Early Judiciary, Early Laws and Bar of Ohio". Ohio Archaeological and Historical Publications. 3: 141–160.


  1. ^ a b 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.
  2. ^ Goodman, Rebecca (2005). This Day in Ohio History. Emmis Books. p. 294. Retrieved 21 November 2013.


Legal offices
Preceded by
Jacob A. Kohler
Attorney General of Ohio
Succeeded by
John K. Richards
U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
Joseph H. Outhwaite
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Ohio's 12th congressional district

March 4, 1895 – March 3, 1897
Succeeded by
John J. Lentz

 This article incorporates public domain material from the Biographical Directory of the United States Congress website http://bioguide.congress.gov.