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

Identifier: ahc.MSS892

Scope and Content

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.


  • 1916


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Unpublished manuscripts are protected by copyright.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.

Administrative/Biographical History

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.


1 linear ft. (1 oversized box)



Immediate Source of Acquisition


Description Control

This collection was processed in 2013.
Report of Trial of the United States vs. Thomas E. Watson
Josh Hogan
July 2013
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Language of description note
Finding aid is written in English.

Repository Details

Part of the Kenan Research Center at the Atlanta History Center Repository

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Atlanta GA 30305