Walter Allen Watson

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Walter Allen Watson
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Virginia's 4th district
In office
March 4, 1913 – December 24, 1919
Preceded by Robert Turnbull
Succeeded by Patrick H. Drewry
Member of the Virginia Senate
from the 28th district
In office
December 2, 1891 – December 4, 1895
Preceded by J. R. Rawlings
Succeeded by Robert Turnbull
Personal details
Born (1867-11-25)November 25, 1867
Nottoway County, Virginia
Died December 24, 1919(1919-12-24) (aged 52)
Washington, D.C.
Resting place "Woodland," Nottoway County, Virginia
Political party Democratic
Alma mater Hampden-Sydney College
University of Virginia
Profession lawyer, judge

Walter Allen Watson (November 25, 1867 – December 24, 1919) was a U.S. Representative from Virginia.


Born in Nottoway County, Virginia, Watson attended "old field" school, and graduated from Hampden-Sydney College, Virginia, in 1887. He studied law at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville in 1888 and 1889. He was admitted to the bar in 1893 and commenced practice in Nottoway and adjoining counties in Virginia. He served as a member of the Senate of Virginia from 1891 to 1895 and acted as Commonwealth's Attorney from 1895 to 1904. He served as member of the Democratic state committee in 1901 and 1902. From 1904 to 1912, he served as Circuit judge of the fourth judicial circuit of Virginia.

Watson was elected as a Democrat to the 63rd Congress and to the three succeeding Congresses, serving from March 4, 1913, until his death in Washington, D.C., December 24, 1919. He served as chairman of the Committee on Elections No. 3 (65th Congress). He was interred in the family cemetery on his estate, "Woodland," in Nottoway County, Virginia.

Electoral history[edit]

  • 1912; Watson was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives with 96.41% of the vote, defeating Socialist Fred Herzig and Independent Robert Turnbull.
  • 1914; Watson was re-elected with 96.17% of the vote, defeating Socialist Herzig.
  • 1916; Watson was re-elected unopposed.
  • 1918; Watson was re-elected unopposed.

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 This article incorporates public domain material from the Biographical Directory of the United States Congress website

United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
Robert Turnbull
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Virginia's 4th congressional district

Succeeded by
Patrick H. Drewry