Robert A. Watson
|R. A. Watson|
Robert Andeson Watson
Charlottesville City Council
|Electoral District||Second Ward|
|Term Start||September 1, 1916|
|Term End||August 31, 1918|
|Preceded by||A. D. Payne|
|Succeeded by||W. F. Long|
|Date of birth||October 29, 1877|
|Date of death||November 20, 1946 (aged 69) (Riverview Cemetery)|
|Place of birth||Nelson Councy|
|Place of death||Charlottesville, VA|
|Spouse||Sadie Russell Baggarly Watson (1885–1968; aged 82)|
|Residence||815 Park Street, Ward 2, City of Charlottesville|
|Alma mater||Washington and Lee University (class of 1901)|
Robert Anderson Watson (1877-1946, aged 69), a resident of Charlottesville since 1911, was a well known attorney, and a director and officer of many local businesses.
Watson was the son of A. Sidney and Louise Wheeler Watson, and was born in Nelson County October 29, 1877. His early life was spent at "Cove Lawn" near Covesville, where his father, a courier for Stonewall Jackson during the War Between the States, was engaged in the orchard business. Receiving his early education at the Cove Academy, Watson attended Washington and Lee University and graduated from the law school in 1901. In that year he came to Charlottesville and began the practice of law. He served from 1905 to 1909 as police justice, and was a member of the Charlottesville City Council from 1916 to 1918. His brother, Fred L. Watson served on the council from 1928 to 1932.
Watson was president of the Charlottesville Woolen Mills, chairman of the board of People's Mortgage Corporation, vice-president of the Charlottesville Perpetual Building and Loan Company; a director of Hanckel-Citizen's Corporation, and the Jefferson-Lafayette Theaters, Inc., and the Jackson Park Hotel Company. He was also a member of the Farmington Country Club, the Redlands Club, and a member and former officer of the Masons and Odd Fellows. A Methodist, Watson was on the Board of Stewards of the First Methodist Church.
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