Saturday, December 30, 2006
Oregon Republican League: Elder Photos
Oregon Republican League:Republican League Register of Oregon, The Register Publishing Company, 1896, page 232.
WATTS, Dr. J. W. [Editor inserted: Dr. John W. Watts], of Lafayette, has been one of the Republican wheel horses for many years. He was born in Pike County, Missouri, November 6, 1830, and came to Oregon in 1852. He represented Columbia County in the state constitution in 1857. He moved to Lafayette in 1863. In 1876 he was one of the electors for Hayes and Wheeler, as related elsewhere in this volume. In 1879 he was appointed Receiver of the United States Land Office at Oregon City, and in 1886 was elected State Senator from Yamhill County. In 1888, by invitation of the national committee, he stumped the state of New York for Harrison. In January, 1892, he was appointed Register of the United States Land Office at Lakeview. He is now Mayor of the City of Lafayette, having been elected in 1895.