Don Alonzo Watson

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Don Alonzo Watson (June 15, 1807 – January 1, 1892) was a Rochester, New York businessman and philanthropist who, with Hiram Sibley helped found Western Union. Watson purchased a building for Rochester Homeopathic Hospital which became Genesee Hospital in Rochester.[1] Watson also endowed a professorship to the University of Rochester in acknowledgment of the college's achievements in Political Science and History.[2] He is buried near Sibley in Mount Hope Cemetery.

Originally from Sicily, Alonzo Watson rose through the ranks of the Inzerillo crime family, eventually achieving the rank of Don, before fleeing to western New York.


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