James William Watts, a representative of the Utica bar for twenty two years, who is accorded a large
and distinctively representative clientage, is a native of Scotland, but during his infancy was brought to the
new world by his parents, the family home being established in Whitestown, New York. Within the borders of Oneida
county he has since remained, and to its public school system is indebted for the educational privileges which
were accorded him in his early youth. Later, he attended the Whitestown Seminary, from which he was graduated in
the class of 1884. A review of the different avenues of business that seemed open to him brought him to the conclusion
that he preferred the practice of law as a life work, and, with this end in view, he began study in the office
and under the direction of the firm of Goodwin & Swan, of Utica, who directed his reading until his admission
to the bar in 1889. He then opened an. office, and has since continued in general practice, making steady progress
in his profession Our subject has been connected with many important cases tried in the courts of this district,
and is regarded as a strong advocate and wise counselor. His devotion to his clients' interests is proverbial,
and, while thoroughly familiar with the law and precedent, he has also displayed various original methods in the
preparation and presentation of his cases.
Mr. Watts is well kown in fraternal relations, holding membership with the Masons, the Knights of Pythias and the
Moose. He has an extensive acquaintance in Oneida county, where practically his entire life has been passed; and
various social qualities, as well as his professional ability, have gained him a strong hold upon the regard of
those with whom he is associated.
History of Oneida County, New York
From 1700 to the present time
of some of its prominent men and pioneers.
By: Henry J. Cookinham
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Company
Oneida County, NY
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