Squire, Watson C. (Watson Carvosso), 1838-1926

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Watson C. Squire was born in 1838 in New York and graduated from Wesleyan University in 1859. He was principal of the Moravia Institute in New York when the Civil War began. Over the next two years he fought as a Union soldier in the New York Volunteers 19th Infantry Regiment and served at Harper's Ferry under Gen. Nathaniel Banks. Following his graduation from Cleveland Law School in 1862, he answered the call for more men, raised the 7th Independent Company of Ohio Sharpshooters, and was commissioned as captain. His company fought on the Tennessee River and escorted Gen. Sherman on his march to the sea. Squire participated in the battles of Chickamauga, Resaca, and Missionary Ridge and served as judge advocate of the district of Tennessee and during the siege and battle of Nashville. He left the army in 1865, after attaining the rank of brevet colonel, and joined the E. Remington & Sons Arms Company in New York. Squire, who married Ida Remington, the daughter of company president Philo Remington, became manager, treasurer, and secretary of the company, traveling extensively and selling arms in many countries. In 1879 he moved to Seattle and developed real estate in the Puget Sound region. He left Remington in 1884 and was appointed governor of Washington Territory by President Chester Arthur. During Squire's term he declared martial law in Seattle to maintain order during the anti-Chinese riots in Seattle and Tacoma, and later investigated property losses of the Chinese. He was president of the Washington Statehood Convention in 1889 and served as a Washington State senator from 1889-1897. After he retired from politics Squire practiced law, managed his properties, and founded the Union Trust Company. He died in 1926.

From the description of Watson C. Squire papers, 1850-1973 (bulk 1850-1920) (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 39377626

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creatorOf Washington Territory. Governor (1884-1887 : Squire). Territorial Governor Watson C. Squire papers, 1884-1887. Washington State Archives, Southwest Regional Branch
referencedIn Painter, William Charles, 1830-1900. Papers, 1846-1962 (bulk 1860-1905). Washington State Historical Society
referencedIn Burke, Thomas, 1849-1925. Thomas Burke papers, 1875-1925. University of Washington Libraries
referencedIn Col. Henry Landes collection, ca. 1890s-1903. Jefferson County Historical Society
creatorOf Gay, Edward, 1837-1928. Edward Gay and Gay family papers, 1852-1975. Archives of American Art
referencedIn Gilman, Daniel H. Daniel H. Gilman papers, 1882-1903 (bulk 1883-1894). University of Washington Libraries
creatorOf Squire, Watson C. (Watson Carvosso), 1838-1926. Watson C. Squire papers, 1850-1973 (bulk 1850-1920) University of Washington Libraries
referencedIn Washington (State). Ellensburg Statehood Convention. Petition to the Honorable the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress Assembled... /by the People of Washington Territory in delegate convention assembled, 1889 Jan 3. Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library
creatorOf Barnum, Henry A., 1833-1892. Letter : Chicago, Ill., to W[atson] C. Squier [i.e. Squire], 1875 Aug. 21. Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library
creatorOf Squire, Watson C. (Watson Carvosso), 1838-1926. Watson C. Squire dictation and biographical material, 1889-1890. UC Berkeley Libraries
referencedIn Matthew Paul Deady Papers, 1850-1923 Oregon Historical Society Research Library
referencedIn Thomas Burke papers, 1875-1925 University of Washington Libraries Special Collections
referencedIn Haller, Granville O. (Granville Owen), 1820-1897. Narrative, 1886. Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library
referencedIn Daniel H. Gilman Papers, 1882-1903, 1883-1894 University of Washington Libraries Special Collections
referencedIn Washington Territory Governors' Papers, 1877-1891 Washington State University Libraries Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections (MASC)
creatorOf Washington (State). Governor. Records, 1877-1899. Washington State University, Holland and Terrell Libraries
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Relation Name
associatedWith Barnum, Henry A., 1833-1892. person
associatedWith Burke, Thomas, 1849-1925. person
associatedWith Deady, Matthew P. (Matthew Paul), 1824-1893 person
associatedWith Dunn, W. McKee (William McKee), 1814-1887. person
associatedWith E. Remington & Sons. corporateBody
associatedWith Gay, Edward, 1837-1928. person
associatedWith Gilman, Daniel H. person
associatedWith Gilman, Daniel H. person
associatedWith Grimwade, W. H. person
associatedWith Haller, Granville O. (Granville Owen), 1820-1897. person
associatedWith Holt, Joseph, 1807-1894. person
associatedWith Moravia Institute. corporateBody
associatedWith Norris, Samuel. person
correspondedWith Painter, William Charles, 1830-1900. person
associatedWith Puget Sound Naval Shipyard. corporateBody
associatedWith Remington and Son. corporateBody
associatedWith Remington family. family
associatedWith Remington, Philo, 1816-1889. person
associatedWith Remington, Samuel. person
associatedWith Squire, Erretta Wheeler. person
associatedWith Squire family. family
associatedWith Squire, Ida Remington. person
associatedWith Squire, Orra. person
associatedWith Squire, Philo Remington. person
associatedWith Thurston, G. P. person
associatedWith Union Trust Company (Seattle, Wash.) corporateBody
associatedWith United States. Army. New York Infantry Regiment, 19th (1861) corporateBody
associatedWith United States. Army. Office of the Judge Advocate General. corporateBody
associatedWith United States. Army. Ohio Sharpshooters, 7th Independent Company (1863-1865) corporateBody
associatedWith United States. Congress. corporateBody
associatedWith United States. Congress. Senate. corporateBody
associatedWith Washington (State). Ellensburg Statehood Convention. corporateBody
associatedWith Washington (State). Governor. corporateBody
associatedWith Washington Territory. Governor (1884-1887 : Squire) corporateBody
associatedWith Washington Territory Governors corporateBody
Place Name Admin Code Country
United States
United States
Washington Territory
Washington (State)
Lake Washington Ship Canal (Seattle, Wash.)
Washington (State)
Firearms industry and trade
Chinese--Violence against
Real estate management
Coast defenses
Military law
Courts-martial and courts of inquiry
Chinese--Civil rights
Frontier and pioneer life
Armed Forces--Officers


Birth 1838-05-18

Death 1926-06-07


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