WATTS, John Sebrie (1816-1876)

WATTS, JOHN SEBRIE, a Delegate from the Territory of New Mexico; born in Boone County, Ky., January 19, 1816; moved to Indiana, where he completed preparatory studies; was graduated from Indiana University at Bloomington; studied law; was admitted to the bar and practiced; member of the State house of representatives in 1846 and 1847; associate justice of the United States court in the Territory of New Mexico from 1851 to 1854, when he resigned; resumed the practice of law; elected as a Republican to the Thirty-seventh Congress (March 4, 1861-March 3, 1863); delegate to the Republican National Convention in 1864; took an active part in equipping troops for the Union Army during the Civil War; appointed chief justice of the supreme court of New Mexico July 11, 1868, by President Johnson, and served in that capacity one year; resumed the practice of law in Santa Fe; returned to Bloomington, Monroe County, Ind., where he died June 11, 1876; interment in Rose Hill Cemetery.

Indiana University
Special Collections
Bloomington, IN
Papers: In the Richard Henry Holman Papers, 1822-1894, 456 items.
Other authors include John S. Watts.


Yale University
Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library
New Haven, CT
Papers: 1847, 3 pages.
A deposition of Diego Esquival dated May 17, 1847. Subjects include John S. Watts.

Papers: 1847, 3 pages.
A deposition of James M. Giddings dated July 20, 1847. Subjects include John S. Watts.


Yeshiva University Museum
New York, NY
Papers: 1862, 1 letter.
A letter from John S. Watts to Abraham Lincoln written in 1862. In the letter, John S. Watts, delegate of the New Mexico territory, recommended Lipman Meyer to be the federal marshal of the territory.