- John Watts (politician)
New York City, Watts completed preparatory studies and studied law. He was the last recorder of New York under the English Crown. Watts later served as a member of the New York State Assemblyfrom 1791 to 1793, serving as speaker during these three terms. He was a member of the commission to build Newgate Prison, New York City, 1796-1799.
Watts was elected [ to the
Third United States Congress( March 4, 1793to March 3, 1795). [ [http://elmer.lib.tufts.edu:8080/aas_portal/view-election.xq?id=MS115.002.NY.1793.00015] Election result] He was defeated in his run for reelection by Edward Livingston[ [http://elmer.lib.tufts.edu:8080/aas_portal/view-election.xq?id=MS115.002.NY.1794.00007] Election result] . He later served as a judge of Westchester County, New Yorkfrom 1802 to 1807 and founded and endowed the Leake and Watts Orphan House. Watts died in New York City and is interred in a vault in Trinity Churchyard. He was the great-uncle of Philip Kearny, who was interred in his vault until removed to Arlington National Cemetery.
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