Albert Watson (South Carolina)

Albert William Watson ( born August 30, 1922 in Sumter, South Carolina, † September 25, 1994 in Columbia, South Carolina ) was an American politician. Between 1963 and 1971 he represented the state of South Carolina in the U.S. House of Representatives.


Albert Watson attended the public schools in Columbia and the North Greenville Junior College. Between 1942 and 1946 he served during the Second World War in the Air Corps of the U.S. Army. After the war he studied at the University of South Carolina law. Then he began to work in his new profession.

Politically, Watson became a member of the Democratic Party. In the years 1955 to 1958 and again from 1961 to 1962 he sat as an MP in the House of Representatives from South Carolina. Watson was a segregationist and a friend of Strom Thurmond. In 1962 he was in the second constituency of South Carolina in the U.S. House of Representatives in Washington DC chosen, where he became the successor of Corinne Boyd Riley on January 3, 1963. Two years later he was confirmed. Since Watson conservative Republican Barry Goldwater supported in the presidential election in 1964, he fell at his party's favor. Therefore he laid on February 1, 1965 from his office after only one month into his second term in Congress. He was a member of the Republicans, who nominated him immediately for the by-elections for the vacant seat by his resignation. After his election victory, he became the first Republican since 1896, representing the state of South Carolina in Congress. On June 15, 1965 Watson took his seat discontinued in February again. After two re- elections he could remain until January 3, 1971 at the House of Representatives.

In 1970 he abandoned a bid again. Instead, he ran unsuccessfully for the governorship of South Carolina. His defeat was partly a result of his racist attitude that was true even in the conservative South Carolina as too radical. Later Watson Richter was with the Social Security Administration. He died on September 25, 1994 in Columbia.

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