CS Con -Watson, John William Clark - C.S. Senator, MS

John William Clark Watson:
Born: February 27, 1808
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Birthplace: Albemarle County Virginia
Father: John Watson 1751 – 1841
Mother: Jane Howard Price 1776 – 1859
Wife: Catherine 1809 –

Richard L. Watson 1826 – 1878
(Buried: Hill Crest Cemetery Holly Springs Mississippi)
James Watson Anderson 1835 – 1855
(Buried: Hill Crest Cemetery Holly Springs Mississippi)

Captain William Taylor Watson 1839 – 1863
(Buried: Hill Crest Cemetery Holly Springs Mississippi)
Sgt. John Staige Davis Watson 1845 – 1864
(Buried: Hollywood Cemetery Richmond Virginia)
James Henry Watson 1850 – 1925
(Buried: Forest Hill Cemetery Midtown Memphis Tennessee)
Edward Minor Watson Sr. 1851 – 1887
(Buried: Hill Crest Cemetery Holly Springs Mississippi)

Political Party: Whig Party



1830: Graduated from University of Virginia Law School

Occupation before War:
1831 – 1845: Attorney in Abingdon Virginia
Attorney in Holly Springs Mississippi
1860: Opposed Secession during Presidential Campaign
1860: Established a newspaper in Holly Springs Mississippi.

Civil War Career:
1861: Unsuccessful Candidate for Delegate to Mississippi Convention.
Newspaper Owner in Holly Springs Mississippi.
Attorney in Holly Springs Mississippi
1864 – 1865: Confederate States Senator from Mississippi
1864 - 1865: Senate Chairman of Printing Committee
1864 - 1865: Member of Senate Committee on Claims
1864 - 1865: Member of Senate Judiciary Committee.
1864: Member of Senate Committee on Engrossment and Enrollment.
1864 – 1865: Labored to see existing programs were better administrated.
1864 – 1865: Believed in properly applying Conscription.
1864 – 1865: Accepted the need for impressment but demanded fair market values be paid and claims settled promptly.
1864 – 1865: Supporter of reconstructed the cabinet and army command system.
1865: Advocate for peace negotiations with the United States.
1865: Supporter of suspending habeas corpus and arming the slaves.

Occupation after War:
Attorney in Holly Springs Mississippi
1865: Prominent Member Mississippi State Constitution Convention
He believed the Union and Republicans shouldn’t be antagonized.
He went so far as to disavow Former President Jefferson Davis.
Helped restore Mississippi to state rule.
1868: Member of the Mississippi State Constitution Convention
1876 – 1882: Judge of Circuit Court in Mississippi
1885: Attorney for State of Mississippi in the U.S. Supreme Court Case where constitutionality of state railroad commission was upheld.
Known by many as the “The smartest man to have ever lived in Holly Springs.”
Known to have been one of the prohibitionist in Mississippi.
He Financed Frances E. Willard’s statewide temperance crusade.

September 24, 1890
Place of Death: Holly Springs Mississippi
Age at time of Death: 82 years old
Burial Place:
Holly Springs Cemetery Holly Springs Mississippi Unmarked grave
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