John C. Watts papers, 1948-1971, 1951-1971 (bulk dates)

Descriptive Summary

Title
John C. Watts papers, 1948-1971, 1951-1971 (bulk dates)
Creator
Watts, John C. (John Clarence), 1902-1971.
Extent
97.2 cubic ft. (244 boxes)
Subjects
Morton, Thruston B. (Thruston Ballard), 1907-1982.
Watts, John C. (John Clarence), 1902-1971.
Wetherby, Lawrence W. (Lawrence Winchester), 1908-
United States.--Army.
United States.--Congress.--House.
United States.--Congress.--House.--Committee on Ways and Means.
United States.--Dept. of Agriculture.
United States.--Dept. of Health, Education, and Welfare.
United States.--Urban Transportation Administration.
United States.--Navy.
United States.--Post Office Dept.
United States.--Veterans Administration.
Tobacco--Law and legislation--United States.
Military education--United States.
Railroads and state--United States.
Legislators--Correspondence.
Kentucky--Politics and government--1951-
United States--Politics and government--1945-
Clippings.
Newsletters.
Photoprints.
Press releases.
Speeches
Arrangement
Organized into the following series: Legislative, Subject, Miscellaneous. The Legislative Series is arranged by congress and thereunder alphabetically by subject. The Subject and Miscellaneous Series are arranged alphabetically by subject and thereunder chronologically.
Finding Aid Author
Processed by: Archives Staff ; machine-readable finding aid created by:Eric Weig
Repository
University of Kentucky

Collection Overview

Biography / History
Congressman. Born in Nicholasville, Ky, Watts graduated from the University of Kentucky in 1926 and was admitted to the Kentucky Bar Association in 1927. He was active in state politics from 1928 until 1951, when he was elected to the U.S. Congress to represent Kentucky's Sixth District. He remained in this position until his death 20 years later. As a Democratic congressman, Watts proved to be a moderate conservative who strongly supported the tobacco and whiskey industries. Among the committees on which Watts served were the Committee on Agriculture, the Public Works Committee, and the Ways and Means Committee (of which he was the second ranking member at the time of his death).
Scope and Content
These are the congressional papers of John Clarence Watts. The legislative series contains Watts' committee files (including Ways and Means Committee and others), speeches, voting record and bills introduced to Congress. The President's messages to Congress are also in the Legislative Series. The Subject Series covers a variety of topics that were significant during Watts' terms in the U.S. Congress. Documents of several governmental agencies are present in the series. The agencies that are best represented in these documents include the Army; Navy; Veteran's Administration; Health, Education, and Welfare; Agriculture Department; Housing and Urban Development; and the Post Office Department. Watts' copious correspondence with Thruston Morton, Lawrence Wetherby, and other Kentucky politicians cover such topics as U.S. Post Office appointments, veterans' affairs, tobacco, and the Railroad Retirement Bill.
The Miscellaneous series covers several types of papers including: general and patronage correspondence, materials relating to Kentucky government, newsletters, news releases, newspaper clippings, personal files that contain Watts' speeches and voting record, and papers relating to the service academies. These materials give insight into Watts' positions on various issues. There are photographs scattered throughout various series.

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