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John WATTS

(1749-1836)

WATTS, John, a Representative from New York; born in New York City, August 27, 1749; completed preparatory studies; studied law; last recorder of New York under the Crown; member of the State assembly 1791-1793, serving as speaker of that body in 1792 and 1793; member of the commission to build Newgate Prison, New York City, 1796-1799; elected to the Third Congress (March 4, 1793-March 3, 1795); judge of Westchester County from 1802 to 1807; founded and endowed the Leake and Watts Orphan House; died in New York City September 3, 1836; interment in a vault in Trinity Churchyard.

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

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