David K. Watson

David Kemper Watson ( * June 18, 1849 in London, Ohio; † September 28, 1918 in Columbus, Ohio ) was an American politician. Between 1895 and 1897 he represented the state of Ohio in the U.S. House of Representatives.


David Watson studied until 1871 at Dickinson College in Carlisle (Pennsylvania). After a subsequent law degree from Boston University and his 1873 was admitted to the bar he began to work in this profession. During the presidency of Chester A. Arthur (1881-1885), he served as deputy attorney general for the southern part of the state of Ohio. Between 1887 and 1891 he was a follower of Jacob A. Kohler Attorney General of his home state. He won in 1890, a lawsuit against the Standard Oil Company for violations of anti-trust laws. As a result, the company was split up and bruised as a Trust. In 1892, he was adviser to the federal authorities in disputes with Pacific Railroads.

Politically, Watson joined the Republican Party. In the congressional elections of 1894 he was in the twelfth electoral district of Ohio in the U.S. House of Representatives in Washington DC chosen, where he became the successor of Joseph H. Outhwaite on 4 March 1895. Since he has not been confirmed in 1896, he was able to complete only one term in Congress until March 3, 1897.

After his time in the U.S. House of Representatives David Watson practiced as a lawyer again. President William McKinley appointed him to a commission for the revision of federal laws. He died on September 28, 1918 in Columbus, where he was also buried.