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Henry Hitt Watkins

Henry Hitt Watkins (June 24, 1866 – September 8, 1947) was a United States District Judge of the United States District Court for the Western District of South Carolina.

Henry Hitt Watkins
Senior Judge of the United States District Court for the Western District of South Carolina
In office
December 31, 1936 – September 8, 1947
Judge of the United States District Court for the Western District of South Carolina
In office
July 22, 1919 – December 31, 1936
Appointed byWoodrow Wilson
Preceded byJoseph T. Johnson
Succeeded byCharles Cecil Wyche
Personal details
Born
Henry Hitt Watkins

(1866-06-24)June 24, 1866
Laurens County, South Carolina
DiedSeptember 8, 1947(1947-09-08) (aged 81)
EducationUniversity of Virginia
Furman University (M.A.)
read law

Education and careerEdit

Born in Laurens County, South Carolina, Watkins attended the University of Virginia and received a Master of Arts degree from Furman University in 1883. He read law to enter the bar in 1892, and was in private practice in Anderson, South Carolina from then until 1919. He was in the United States Army, Company C, First South Carolina Regiment in 1898, where he achieved the rank of Captain. He was Quartermaster General for Governor Duncan Clinch Heyward from 1903 to 1907.[1]

Federal judicial serviceEdit

On July 14, 1919, Watkins was nominated by President Woodrow Wilson to a seat on the United States District Court for the Western District of South Carolina vacated by Joseph T. Johnson. Watkins was confirmed by the United States Senate on July 22, 1919, and received his commission the same day. He assumed senior status on December 31, 1936, serving in that capacity until his death on September 8, 1947.[1]

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