2 Nov. 1864 - 29 July 1948
James Eli Watson was born in Winchester, Randolph County, Indiana. After being admitted to the bar in 1886, he practiced law in Winchester until 1893 when he moved to Rushville. Watson enjoyed a lengthy career in the U.S. Congress as both a Representative and a Senator. For a time, he was majority leader of the Senate.
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As I Knew Them: Memoirs of James E. Watson, Former United States Senator from Indiana. New York: The Bobbs-Merrill Co., 1936. [ISL call number: I 923 W339a]