Delaware Governor. As a successful businessman and banker, he entered politics and was a member of the Delaware State Senate (1893-95). When Governor Joshua H. Marvil died in office in 1895, Watson, who was president of the Delaware State Senate at the time, assumed became the 51st Delaware Governor, serving 1895-97. During his term a dispute erupted involving Anthony Higgins, who had been a U.S. Senator for six years and whether he had a Republican majority in the Delaware Assembly necessary for his reelection. The struggle ended when the U.S. Senate refusing any agreement for the seat, which left Delaware with a senatorial vacancy. After leaving office, Watson retired from politics and resumed his former business interests until his death.
Bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith
Harriet Bazelton Beall Watson