WATKINS, George Robert (1902-1970)

WATKINS, GEORGE ROBERT, a Representative from Pennsylvania; born in Hampton, Va., May 21, 1902; attended the public schools of Hampton; learned the trade of shipfitter; went to Chester, Pa., in 1920 and organized the Chester Stevedoring Co., which was sold in 1931; in 1932 organized with a partner the Blue Line Transfer Co., operating a fleet of trucks to all points in the East; served a four-year term as sheriff of Delaware County, Pa., 1945-1948; member of the State senate for three four-year terms, 1949-1960; served a four-year term as county commissioner, 1960-1964; operated a farm in Delaware County and was a breeder of thoroughbred horses; elected as a Republican to the Eighty-ninth, Ninetieth, and Ninety-first Congresses, serving from January 3, 1965, until his death in West Chester, Pa., August 7, 1970; interment in Birmingham-Lafayette Cemetery, Birmingham Township, Pa.

  • United States. 91st Congress, 2d session, 1970. Memorial services held in the House of Representatives and Senate of the United States, together with tributes presented in eulogy of G. Robert Watkins, late a Representative from Pennsylvania. [Compiled under the direction of the Joint Committee on Printing]. Washington: Government Printing Office, 1971].