Robert A. Watson

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Robert Andeson Watson

Electoral District Second Ward
Term Start September 1, 1916
Term End August 31, 1918
Preceded by A. D. Payne
Succeeded by W. F. Long

Biographical Information

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)
Children Sallie W.
Sidney D.
Robert L.
Residence 815 Park Street, Ward 2, City of Charlottesville
Alma mater Washington and Lee University (class of 1901)
Profession Attorney
Religion Methodist

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 a member of the Albemarle County School Board in 1937. [1] In 1938, he was a member of the Charlottesville School Board.

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.[2]

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  1. Web. Teacher Quits Post; Successor is Named, Staff Reports, Daily Progress Digitized Microfilm, Lindsay family, January 22, 1937, retrieved January 19, 2017 from University of Virginia Library. Print. January 22, 1937 page 1.

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