W. Marvin Watson

William Marvin Watson ( born June 6, 1924 in Oakhurst, San Jacinto County, Texas ) is a former American politician (Democratic Party), who held the office of the U.S. Postmaster General in the cabinet of President Lyndon B. Johnson. He was under Johnson also de facto chief of staff of the White House.


After schooling Watson first began to study at Baylor University in Waco. When the United States entered the Second World War, he joined the Marine Corps and served in the Pacific. After the war he took up his studies again and graduated from a Master of Business Administration. He then worked as assistant to the president of the Lone Star Steel Company, a steel company based in Lone Star.

1958 Watson was the State Democratic Committee, the governing body of the Democratic Party in Texas, was elected. During this time he began to get involved in a possible presidential candidacy of U.S. Senator Lyndon B. Johnson. This put him later as a Party Coordinator. After Johnson, formerly Vice President, the assassinated John F. Kennedy was followed in November 1963 to the presidency, he took out his henchman to the White House. Watson took there in fact the duties of Chief of Staff true, although Johnson as Kennedy has this post not been officially occupied. As before, Kenneth O'Donnell under Kennedy served as Appointments Secretary Watson of the President. According to Bill Moyers ' resignation as press secretary of the White House in 1967, he also took a part of its remit.

On April 26, 1968 Watson was then officially included in the Cabinet when he became the successor of Larry O'Brien as Postmaster General. The President wanted to introduce necessary reforms in the postal system. Together with the President Watson resigned on 20 January 1969 from the government. After that he went to the private sector and has been a director of Occidental Petroleum. He is the last living U.S. Postmaster General in the Cabinet rank; Winton M. Blount under his successor, the conversion of the Ministry in an independent federal agency ( United States Postal Service ) has been implemented.