Report of Trial of the United States vs. Thomas E. Watson
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Report of Trial of the United States vs. Thomas E. Watson

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Kenan Research Center at the Atlanta History Center. 130 West Paces Ferry Road, Atlanta, GA 30305. 404.814.4040. reference@atlantahistorycenter.com
Creator: United States. District Court (Georgia : Southern District).
Title: Report of Trial of the United States vs. Thomas E. Watson
Dates: 1916
Quantity: 1.0 linear ft. (1 oversized box)
Identification: ahc.MSS892

Biographical/Historical Note

Thomas E. Watson (1856-1922), a lawyer and politician from Thomson, Georgia (McDuffie County), served as a member of the Georgia House of Representatives, U.S. House of Representatives, a leader in the Southern Farmers' Alliance, and vice-presidential candidate for the Populist Party. After retiring from active politics, Watson published two publications: The Jeffersonian and Watson's Magazine. In reaction to an article Watson wrote for The Jeffersonian, he was charged with a violation of Section 211 of the U.S. Penal Code, "having deposited in the mail certain obscene and filthy publications." These statements were anti-Catholic and anti-priest. Previously, Watson had been tried on this charge, but the case ended in a mistrial. In the second trial, which was held in Augusta, Georgia, in 1916, and heard by Judge W.W. Lambdin, lasted three days, and the jury found Watson not guilty.


Scope and Content Note

This collection contains one bound volume of photocopies of the Report of Trial of the United States vs. Thomas E. Watson. Included are the jurors' interviews and the selection process, examples of the language used in The Jeffersonian article, and the testimony of the witnesses with Watson representing himself.


Index Terms

Court records--Georgia--Augusta
Donalson, Erle M., District Attorney
Lambdin, W.W., Judge
Legal documents--Georgia--Augusta
Watson, Thomas E., (Thomas Edward), 1856-1922

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Report of Trial of the United States vs. Thomas E. Watson, MSS 892, Kenan Research Center at the Atlanta History Center.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift,1979

Description Control

This collection was processed in 2013.


Restrictions

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for access.

Conditions Governing Reproduction and Use

Unpublished manuscripts are protected by copyright. All requests to publish, quote, or reproduce must be submitted through the Kenan Research Center.


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MSS OS Box 4.2781Report of Trial of the United States vs. Thomas E. Watson, 1916