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Joseph Franklin Watson

Joseph Franklin Watson, American iron & steel company executive, bank executive. Served as drummer boy, 46th Massachusetts Infantry, 1 Missouri, Civil War.; Member City Council, Portland, 2 terms.

Background

  • Watson, Joseph Franklin was born on August 31, 1849 in Westfield, Massachusetts, United States. Son of Joseph Hanscom and Maria (Howe) Watson.

  • Education

    • Education common schools and academic, Westfield.

    Career

    • Began as bookkeeper, Westfield, 1866. Moved to Portland, Oregon, 1871. With Ladd & Tilton’s Bank, until 1879.

      Vice president Smith & Watson Iron Works. Became secretary and general superintendent Oregon Iron & Steel Company, 1890. President Merchants National Bank, Portland, 1895-1911 (resigned), also during same period assisted in organizing, and officer, Merchants Savings & Trust Company (Portland), 1st National Bank (Elgin), 1st National Bank (Condon), Grants Pass Banking & Trust Company, Linnton Savings Bank (vice president).

      2d vice president Columbia River Shipbuilding Corporation.

    Politics

    Party affiliation: Republican

    Religion

    Denomination: Episcopalian

    Membership

    Served as drummer boy, 46th Massachusetts Infantry, 1 Missouri, Civil War. Member City Council, Portland, 2 terms.

    Connections

    • Married Mary Whalley, November 17, 1880.
    • father: Joseph Hanscom Watson
    • mother: Maria (Howe) Watson
    • spouse: Mary Whalley
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    Died December 23, 1922
    (aged 73)
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