WATTS, John Clarence, (1902 - 1971)


WATTS, John Clarence, a Representative from Kentucky; born in Nicholasville, Jessamine County, Ky., July 9, 1902; attended the public schools; was graduated from the University of Kentucky in 1925 and from its law school in 1927; was admitted to the bar in 1927 and commenced the practice of law in Nicholasville, Ky.; also operated a farm; police judge of Nicholasville, Ky., 1929-1933; county attorney of Jessamine County, Ky., 1933-1945; member of the State house of representatives in 1947 and 1948, serving as floor leader; commissioner of motor transportation for State of Kentucky 1948-1951; elected as a Democrat to the Eighty-second Congress, by special election, April 14, 1951, to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of Thomas R. Underwood; reelected to the ten succeeding Congresses and served from April 14, 1951, until his death in Lexington, Ky., September 24, 1971; interment in Maple Grove Cemetery, Nicholasville, Ky.