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John Charles Watrous

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John Charles Watrous

John Charles Watrous (August 1, 1801 – June 17, 1874) was a United States federal judge.

Born in Colchester, Connecticut, Watrous received an A.B. from Union College in 1828 and read law in 1830. He was in private practice in Selma, Alabama from 1830 to 1835, and in Woodville, Mississippi from 1835 to 1836. He was a member of the Mississippi House of Representatives in 1837, returning to private practice in Texas from 1837 to 1838. He was the attorney general of the Republic of Texas from 1838 to 1839 and was again in private practice in Galveston, Texas from 1839 to 1845.

On May 27, 1846, Watrous was nominated by President Sam Houston, on February 3, 1859, made a scathing attack on Watrous, and Rep. Andrew J. Hamilton prosecuted the impeachment until the adjournment of Congress on March 3, 1861.[1]

The U.S. District Court for the District of Texas was subdivided into Eastern and Western Districts on February 21, 1857, by 11 Stat. 164. Watrous continued as judge for the Eastern District.[2]

Because Watrous refused a Confederate appointment during the U.S. Civil War, he was able to retake his seat after the fall of the Confederacy. He resigned from the bench on April 19, 1870.



  1. ^ The Texas Handbook
  2. ^ U.S. District Courts of Texas, Legislative history, Federal Judicial Center.
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