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Joseph Franklin Watson

bank executive , iron & steel company executive

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.

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