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Lewis Findlay WATSON

(1819-1890)

WATSON, Lewis Findlay, a Representative from Pennsylvania; born in Crawford County, Pa., April 14, 1819; attended the common schools; engaged in mercantile pursuits at Titusville in 1832; moved to Warren, Pa., in 1835 and continued his former pursuits until 1837; clerk in the office of the recorder in 1838; studied law at Warren Academy 1839-1840; resumed his former mercantile pursuits until 1860; engaged as an operator in lumber and in the production of petroleum 1860-1875; organized and was the first president of the Conewango Valley Railroad Co. in 1861; elected president of the Warren Savings Bank at its organization in 1870; elected as a Republican to the Forty-fifth Congress (March 4, 1877-March 3, 1879); elected to the Forty-seventh Congress (March 4, 1881-March 3, 1883); elected to the Fifty-first Congress and served from March 4, 1889, until his death in Washington, D.C., August 25, 1890; interment in Oakland Cemetery, Warren, Pa.

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

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