George Robert Watkins (R9) Delaware County 1949-1960
George Robert Watkins, born May 21, 1902, Hampton, Hampton City, Virginia; son of William Goodman and Dora Clarke Watkins; public schools of Hampton; engaged, trade of shipfitter, Newport News, Virginia; moved, Chester, Pennsylvania, 1920; organized the Chester Stevedoring Company, sold, 1931. partnered, founded, Blue Line Transfer Company, 1932; president, board chairman, Blue Line Transfer Company; elected, sheriff, Delaware County, 1945-1948; elected, Republican, Pennsylvania State Senate, 1949-1960; commissioner, Delaware County 1960-1964; engaged, farming, breeder, thoroughbred horses, Delaware County; elected, Republican, United States, House of Representatives, Eighty-ninth, Ninetieth, Ninety-first Congresses, 1965, until his death, 1970; married, Hilda Jane Smerback Watkins, son, Robert Goodman Watkins; died, August 7, 1970 (age 68 years, 78 days), while in office, United States, House of Representatives, heart attack, speaking engagement, Penn Oaks Country Club, West Chester, Chester County, Pennsylvania; interment, Birmingham Hicksite Friends Burial Ground, Birmingham, Chester County, Pennsylvania.
Elected, sheriff, Delaware County, 1945-1948.
Elected, Republican, Pennsylvania State Senate, 9th district, Delaware County, 1949-1960; succeeded by Clarence D. Bell.
Commissioner, Delaware County 1960-1964.
Continued Government Service/National Politics:
Elected, Republican, United States, House of Representatives, Eighty-ninth, Pennsylvania's 7th congressional district, 1965-1967.
Elected, Republican, United States, House of Representatives, Ninetieth, Ninety-first Congresses, Pennsylvania's 9th congressional district, 1967, until his death, 1970.
Served, Committee on Interstate and Foreign Commerce, Eighty-ninth, Ninetieth, Congresses.
Known to ship bootleg alcohol for the Delaware County Republican political boss, John J. McClure, during the roaring 1920’s.
John James McClure, Pennsylvania State Senate, 9th district, Delaware County 1929-1936.
"I lived life as I saw fit.
I accepted others as they were."
REP. G. R. WATKINS OF PENNSYLVANIA obituary New York Times (National Edition) August 9, 1970, Page 65.
McLarnon, John Morrison (2003). Ruling Suburbia: John J. McClure and the Republican Machine in Delaware County, Pennsylvania. University of Delaware Press. p. 189. ISBN 0-87413-814-0