Collection of the U.S. House of Representatives
WATT, Melvin L. (1945-)

WATT, MELVIN L., a Representative from North Carolina; born in Steele Creek, Mecklenburg County, N.C., August 26, 1945; York Road High School, Charlotte, N.C., 1963; B.S., University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, N.C., 1967; J.D., Yale University School of Law, New Haven, Conn., 1970; lawyer, private practice; member of the North Carolina state senate, 1985-1987; elected as a Democrat to the One Hundred Third and to the ten succeeding Congresses until his resignation on January 6, 2014 (January 3, 1993-January 6, 2014); Director, Federal Housing Finance Agency, 2014-present.

The HistoryMakers
Chicago, IL
Oral History: 2002, amount unknown.
An oral history interview of Melvin Watt conducted on December 2, 2002.


Pfeiffer University
Mary Fisher Floyd Archives and Special Collections
Decatur, GA
Papers: In the North Carolina Political Campaign Collection, 1995-1996, 105 items.
Persons represented include Melvin Watt.


University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
Southern Historical Collection, The Wilson Library
Chapel Hill, NC
Papers: ca. 1990-2014, approximately 180 linear feet.
The papers of Melvin Watt have not yet been processed.

  • "Melvin L. Watt" in Black Americans in Congress, 1870-2007. Prepared under the direction of the Committee on House Administration by the Office of History & Preservation, U. S. House of Representatives. Washington: Government Printing Office, 2008.