John S. Watson


John S. Watson

John S. Watson (1924 - July 9, 1996) was an African-American politician in New Jersey.

Born in Camden, New Jersey, Watson served with the United States Merchant Marine fleet during World War II, and long-time public servant to the people of the State of New Jersey.

In 1970, Watson became the first African-American elected to the Board of Chosen Freeholders in Mercer County, New Jersey. In 1977, he became the President of the Board. For 12 years, Watson was a member of the New Jersey State Assembly and served as Chairman of the Assembly Appropriations Committee.

The John S. Watson Institute for Public Policy located at the Rudolph V. Kuser Mansion on the campus of Thomas Edison State College in Trenton, New Jersey is named in his honor.

External links

* [http://www.state.nj.us/infobank/circular/eow54.htm - State of New Jersey Executive Order No. 54: On the death of Assemblyman John S. Watson]


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