HENRY WATTERSON, one of the most conspicuous figures in the history of American journalism, was born at Washington,
District of Columbia, February i6, 1840. His boyhood days were mostly spent in the city of his birth, where his
father, Harvey M. Watterson, was editor of the "Union," a well known journal.
Owing to a weakness of the eyes, which interfered with a systematic course of study, young Watterson was educated
almost entirely at home. A successful college career was out of the question, but he acquired a good knowledge
of music, literature and art from private tutors, but the most valuabie part of the training he received was by
associating with his father and the throng of public men whom he met in Washington in the stirring days immediately
preceding the Civil war. He began his journalistic career at an early age as dramatic and musical critic, and in
1858, became editor of the Democratic Review" and at the same time contributed to the "States,"
a journal of liberal opinions published in Washington. In this he remained until the breaking out of the war, when
the "States," opposing the administration, was suppressed, and young Watterson removed to Tennessee.
He next appears as editor of the Nashville ''Republican Banner," the most influential paper in the state at
that time. After the occupation of Nashville by the Federal troops, Watterson served as a volunteer staff officer
in the Confederate service until the close of the war, with the exception of a year spent in editing the Chattanooga
"Rebel." On the close of the war he returned to Nashville and resumed his connection with the "Banner."
After a trip to Europe he assumed control of the Louisville "Journal," which he soon combined with the
"Courier" and the "Democrat" of that place, founding the well-known "Courier Journal,"
the first number of which appeared November 8, 1868. Mr. Watterson also represented his district in congress for
A Biographical Record
Of Schuyler County, New York
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Company
New York and Chicago 1903.
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