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John Thomas WATKINS

(1854-1925)

WATKINS, John Thomas, a Representative from Louisiana; born in Minden, Webster Parish, La., January 15, 1854; attended the common schools and spent three years in Cumberland University, Lebanon, Tenn.; studied law; was admitted to the bar in 1878 and commenced the practice of law in Minden; judge of the district court 1892-1904; resumed the practice of law; elected as a Democrat to the Fifty-ninth and to the seven succeeding Congresses (March 4, 1905-March 3, 1921); chairman, Committee on Revision of the Laws (Sixty-second through Sixty-fifth Congresses); unsuccessful candidate for renomination in 1920; engaged in the practice of law in Washington, D.C., until his death on April 25, 1925; interment in Murrell Cemetery, Minden, La.

Source: Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, 1771-Present

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