|LAWYER, POLITICIAN (UNITED STATES OF AMERICA)|
BORN 27 Aug 1749, New York City, New York - DIED 3 Sep 1836, New York City, New York|
GRAVE LOCATION New York City, New York: Trinity Churchyard, Manhattan
John Watts was the son of another John Watts (1715-1789). In 1774 he was appointed Recorder of New York City, the last person to hold this position under the English Crown. He married his cousin Jane De Lancey (1756-1809). From 1791 to 1793 he was a member of the New York State Assembly and also its Speaker.
As a Federalist he was a member of the third Congress of the United States (1793-1795). When he ran for re-election he was defeated by Edward Livingston. From 1802 to 1807 he served as a judge in Westchester County, New York.