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David Kemper WATSON

(1849-1918)

WATSON, David Kemper, a Representative from Ohio; born near London, Madison County, Ohio, on June 18, 1849; was graduated from Dickinson College, Carlisle, Pa., in 1871 and from the law department of Boston University in 1873; was admitted to the bar and commenced practice; assistant United States district attorney for the southern district of Ohio during the administration of President Arthur; elected attorney general of Ohio in 1887 and reelected in 1889; special counsel for the United States in the suits brought by the Government against the Pacific railroads in 1892; elected as a Republican to the Fifty-fourth Congress (March 4, 1895-March 3, 1897); unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1896 to the Fifty-fifth Congress; appointed by President McKinley as a member of the commission to revise and codify the laws of the United States; resumed the practice of law; died in Columbus, Ohio, September 28, 1918; interment in Greenlawn Cemetery.

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

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