Collection of the U.S. House of Representatives
WATSON, Walter Allen (1867-1919)

WATSON, WALTER ALLEN, a Representative from Virginia; born in Nottoway County, Va., November 25, 1867; attended ``old field'' school, and was graduated from Hampden-Sidney College, Virginia, in 1887; studied law in the University of Virginia at Charlottesville in 1888 and 1889; was admitted to the bar in 1893 and commenced practice in Nottoway and adjoining counties of Virginia; member of the State senate 1891-1895; Commonwealth attorney 1895-1904; member of the Democratic State committee in 1901 and 1902; circuit judge of the fourth judicial circuit of Virginia 1904-1912; elected as a Democrat to the Sixty-third and to the three succeeding Congresses and served from March 4, 1913, until his death in Washington, D.C., December 24, 1919; chairman, Committee on Elections No. 3 (Sixty-fifth Congress); interment in the family cemetery on his estate, ``Woodland,'' Nottoway County, Va.

The Library of Virginia
Archives Branch
Richmond, VA
Papers: 1768-1926, 733 items.
The papers of Walter A. Watson consist of correspondence, accounts, promissory notes, receipts, printed items and other papers of several generations of the Watson family of Nottoway, Lunenburg, and Prince Edward counties, Virginia. Also included are the papers of Walter Watson's father, Meredith Watson; his grandparents, Robert Alexander Allen Watson and Mary Watson; and his great-grandparents, Colonel Jesse Watson and Mary Watson.


Virginia Historical Society
Richmond, VA
Papers: 1820-1925, 71 items.
The collection contains the correspondence of Walter Allen Watson (of "Woodlawn," Nottoway County, Va.), with William Evelyn Cameron, John Warwick Daniel, Berryman Green, Bradley Tyler Johnson, Joseph Luther Kelly, Fitzhugh Lee (concerning Lee's participation in Confederate Memorial Association ceremonies), Henry Read McIlwaine, Richard McIlwaine, Richard McIlwaine, Jr. (concerning the Henry Clay Beattie 1911 murder trial), Philip W. McKinney, Thomas Staples Martin, John S. Mosby, Roger Atkinson Pryor, Sara Agnes Rice Pryor, Thomas Lafayette Rosser, Scott Shipp, Thomas Wheelwright, and John Langbourne Williams. Also contains Watson's diaries, 1894-1916; and the correspondence, 1889-1925, of his wife, Constance Tinsley Watson, including letters written by Moses Drury Hoge. Also includes miscellaneous materials: Democratic electoral tickets for Governor, 1889, and President, 1892; invitation notes from Mrs. Stephen Decatur and J.C. Calhoun to James Jones in 1820; and autographs of Sitting Bull, T. R. Ferrar, Hunter Holmes McGuire, Lewis Morrison, and Thomas Nelson Page. Also, includes a speech by Moses Drury Hoge, 13 October 1889, at memorial services at Pryor Memorial Chapel, Crewe, Va.; obituary notice of Robert G. Blanton, 1924; and an engraved invitation issued by the Jefferson Society of the University of Virginia in 1848.

  • Watson, Walter Allen. Notes on Southside Virginia. Edited by Mrs. Walter A. Watson. Richmond: D. Bottom, Superintendant of Public Printing, 1925. Reprint, Baltimore: Genealogical Pub. Co., 1977.