Scope and Contents
The collection consists of school papers, speeches, correspondence, and other papers of James Eli Watson. Also included are a collection of U.S. and foreign stamps and a stamp album.
Conditions Governing Use
Legal title, copyright, and literary rights reside with Rare Books and Manuscripts, Indiana State Library, Indianapolis, IN. All requests to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted to Rare Books and Manuscripts.
James Eli Watson was born in Winchester, Randolph County, Indiana, on November 2, 1864. He graduated from DePauw University and was admitted to the bar in 1886. Watson practiced law in Winchester until 1893 when he moved to Rushville. He established a practice there with Gates Sexton. On December 12, 1893, Watson married Flora Miller with whom he had four children, Edwin, James, Catherine, and Joseph. He served as a U.S. Congressman (1895-1897, 1899-1909) and a U.S. Senator (1916-1933). He was the majority leader in the Senate from 1929 to 1933. Watson also served on a number of committees including the Committee on Woman Suffrage, Committee on Revision of the Laws, Committee on Enrolled Bills, Committee on Interstate Commerce, and the Republican Conference. After leaving the Senate, he continued to practice law in Washington, D.C. until his death on July 29, 1948. He is buried in Cedar Hill Cemetery in Suitland, Maryland.
Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. United States Congress. Accessed November 2005.
Monks, Leander. Courts and Lawyers of Indiana. Indianapolis: Federal Publishing Co., 1916.
Reed, George Irving. Encyclopedia of Biography of Indiana, Vol. I. Chicago: Century Publishing and Engraving Co., 1895.
Thompson, Donald Eugene. Indiana Authors and their Books, 1917-1966. Crawfordsville, IN: Wabash