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John Clarence Watts (July 9, 1902 – September 24, 1971) was a U.S. Representative from Kentucky.

John C. Watts
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Kentucky's 6th district
In office
April 4, 1951 – September 24, 1971
Preceded byThomas R. Underwood
Succeeded byWilliam P. Curlin, Jr.
Member of the Kentucky House of Representatives
In office
Personal details
Born(1902-07-09)July 9, 1902
Nicholasville, Kentucky
DiedSeptember 24, 1971(1971-09-24) (aged 69)
Lexington, Kentucky
Political partyDemocratic Party
Alma materUniversity of Kentucky

Born in Nicholasville, Kentucky, Watts attended the public schools. He was graduated from the University of Kentucky in 1925 and from its law school in 1927. He was admitted to the bar in 1927 and commenced the practice of law in Nicholasville, Kentucky. Also operated a farm. Police judge of Nicholasville, Kentucky from 1929 to 1933. County attorney of Jessamine County, Kentucky from 1933 to 1945. He served as member of the State house of representatives in 1947 and 1948, serving as floor leader. He served as commissioner of motor transportation for State of Kentucky 1948-1951.

Watts was elected as a Democrat to the Eighty-second Congress, by special election, April 4, 1951, to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of Thomas R. Underwood. He was reelected to the ten succeeding Congresses and served from April 4, 1951, until his death from a stroke in Lexington, Kentucky on September 24, 1971.[1] He was interred in Maple Grove Cemetery, Nicholasville, Kentucky.

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  1. ^ "Rep. John Walts, Kentucky, Dies". Lincoln Star. September 26, 1971.

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