John Watts (New York politician)
John Watts was born on August 27, 1749 in New York City, the son of John Watts (1715–1789) and Ann DeLancey (d. 1784), a descendant of the Schuyler family and Van Cortlandt family. His maternal grandfather was the French born Etienne de Lancy (1663–1741), a minor member of the French nobility. He completed preparatory studies and studied law.
Watts was a member of the New York State Assembly from 1791 to 1793, serving as Speaker during these three terms. He was a member of the commission to build Newgate Prison in New York City (1796–1799).
He was a judge of Westchester County, New York from 1802 to 1807.
Watts married his cousin Jane DeLancey. Their only son was:
- Robert J. Watts, to whom John G. Leake, a distant wealthy relative who died childless, left his extensive properties. Robert inherited Leake's personal property (the real estate was escheated to the State because of technical problems of the "will") but died very soon. The grieving father then founded and endowed the Leake and Watts Orphan House with the Leake inheritance.
John Watts died in New York City and was laid to rest in a vault in Trinity Churchyard.
- Stevens, Walter Barlow (1921). Centennial History of Missouri, Vol. 2, 1921. Chicago : S.J. Clarke Pub. Co. p. 76.
- Richard M. Ketchum, Divided Loyalties: How the American Revolution Came to New York, 2003, page 385
- United States Congress. "John Watts (id: W000211)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.
- John Watts at Find a Grave
Robert R. Livingston
|Recorder of New York City
|Speaker of the New York State Assembly
|United States House of Representatives|
|Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New York's 2nd congressional district