Member Biography

Malachi C Watson 

Sessions Office Position District Party
1887-1888       30 Democrat
1889-1890       30 Democrat

COUNTIES: Schuylkill  


03/21/1845 - 04/03/1903

Malachi C. Watson (D30) Schuylkill County 1887-1890

Early Life: 

Malachi C. Watson, born March 21, 1845 Pottsville, Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania; son of Michael and Bridget Higgins Delaney Watson; public school education; engaged, mining, up until 1869; boatman transportation; engaged, wholesale liquor agent, Schuylkill County; proprietor, livery saddlery, harness establishment, Schuylkill County; married Nancy Monaghan, 1867, married second, Anne Costello, 1869; elected, Democrat, Pennsylvania State Senate, 1887-1890; died April 3, 1903 (aged 58) Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania. Interment Annunciation Blessed Virgin Mary Church Cemetery, Shenandoah, Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania.

Early Career:

Boatman; transporting government supplies by boat from Philadelphia to Washington and Alexandria, Civil War; with uncle Michael Higgins. Engaged, wholesale liquor agent, large brewing establishments, Schuylkill County.

Pennsylvania Politics:

Elected, Democrat, Pennsylvania State Senate, 30th district, Schuylkill County 1887-1890, member, Accounts, Appropriations, Legislative Apportionment Mines and Mining Municipal Affairs and Public Printing Committees.


Smull’s Legislative Hand Book, (1888) Cochran, T.B., Biographical Sketches of Senators, page 647, 671 and 676-678