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WATTS, John

1749–1836

Biography

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.

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External Research Collections

Columbia University
Rare Book and Manuscript Library

New York, NY
Papers: 1 letter (July 10, 1827) in the Harris collection. Finding aid in repository.

New-York Historical Society

New York, NY
Papers: In the Robert Watts Papers, ca. 1692-1839, 1.6 linear feet. Persons represented include John Watts.

University of Pennsylvania
Rare Book & Manuscript Library

Philadelphia, PA
Papers: 1773, 1 item. A letter from John Hancock to John Watts written on may 14, 1773. In this letter from Massachusetts commissioners Hancock, Brattle and Hawley, they attempt to draw up an agreement with New York commissioners Watts, Smith, Livingston, and Nicholls over the Massachusetts/New Yorkproperty boundaries for the Massachusetts Bay. Includes an engraving by I. B. Forrest of Hancock painted by J. Herring from the original by J. S. Copley in Faneuil Hall.
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