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WATTERSON, Henry, (son of Harvey Magee Watterson and nephew of Stanley Matthews),
a Representative from Kentucky; born in Washington, D.C., February
16, 1840; completed preparatory studies under private tutors; attended the
Academy of the Diocese of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, Pa.; engaged in
newspaper work as correspondent and editorial writer; his first newspaper
employment was on the Washington States, a Democratic paper, 1858-1861; became
editor of the Republican Banner in Nashville, Tenn., in 1861; during the Civil
War entered the Confederate service; aide to Gen. N.B. Forrest; was on the
staff of Gen. Leonidas Polk; chief of scouts in Gen. Joseph E. Johnstons army;
edited the Chattanooga Rebel in 1862 and 1863; resumed newspaper pursuits in
Nashville after the war; moved to Louisville, Ky., in 1867 and purchased the
Louisville Journal, consolidated it with the Courier, and served as editor of
the Louisville Courier-Journal for fifty years; temporary chairman of the
Democratic National Convention in 1876; elected as a Democrat to the
Forty-fourth Congress to fill the vacancy caused by the death of Edward Y.
Parsons and served from August 12, 1876, to March 3, 1877; declined to be a
candidate for renomination in 1876; delegate to the Democratic National
Conventions in 1880, 1884, 1888, and 1892; died in Jacksonville, Fla., December
22, 1921; interment in Cave Hill Cemetery, Louisville, Ky.
BibliographyMargolies, Daniel S.
Henry Watterson and the New South: The Politics of Empire, Free Trade,
and Globalization. Lexington, KY: University Press of Kentucky, 2006;
Marse Henry: An Autobiography. 2 vols. New York: George
H. Doran, 1919. Reprint, New York: Beekman Publishers, 1974.