Member Biography

George Robert Watkins 

Sessions Office Position District Party
1949-1950       9 Republican
1951-1952       9 Republican
1953-1954       9 Republican
1955-1956       9 Republican
1957-1958       9 Republican
1959       9 Republican
1960       9 Republican

COUNTIES: Delaware  


05/21/1902 - 08/07/1970

George Robert Watkins (May 21, 1902 – August 7, 1970) was a Republican member of the U.S. House of Representatives, representing the 7th district of Pennsylvania. Robert Watkins was born in Hampton, VA. He learned the trade of shipfitter. In 1920 he went to Chester, PA, and organized the Chester Stevedoring Co., and sold it in 1931. In 1932 he organized the Blue Line Transfer Co. with a partner, operating a fleet of trucks to all points in the East.

He served a four-year term as sheriff of Delaware County, Pennsylvania. He was a member of the Pennsylvania State Senate for three four-year terms, 1949-1960, and he served a four-year term as county commissioner, 1960-1964. He operated a farm in Delaware County and was a breeder of thoroughbred horses. He was elected in 1965 as a Republican and served until his death in West Chester, PA. He is buried at Birmingham-Lafayette Cemetery in Birmingham Township, PA, near West Chester.