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W. Marvin Watson

William Marvin Watson (June 6, 1924 – November 26, 2017) was an advisor to U.S. president Lyndon B. Johnson and was Postmaster General from April 26, 1968, to January 20, 1969.

W. Marvin Watson
58th United States Postmaster General
In office
April 26, 1968 – January 20, 1969
PresidentLyndon B. Johnson
Preceded byLarry O'Brien
Succeeded byWinton M. Blount
White House Appointments Secretary
In office
February 1, 1965 – April 26, 1968
PresidentLyndon B. Johnson
Preceded byKenneth O'Donnell
Succeeded byJames R. Jones
Personal details
Born
William Marvin Watson
(1924-06-06)June 6, 1924
Oakhurst, Texas, U.S.
DiedNovember 26, 2017(2017-11-26) (aged 93)
The Woodlands, Texas, U.S.
Political partyDemocratic
EducationBaylor University (BA, MA)
Military service
AllegianceUnited States
Branch/serviceUnited States Marine Corps
Battles/warsWorld War II

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Watson was born in Oakhurst, Texas. He received a bachelor's degree in economics and an M.B.A. from Baylor University, which he initially attended on a music scholarship.

Watson entered the United States Marine Corps during World War II and saw action in the Pacific campaign during the later stage of the war. He began working for Johnson during the 1948 primary campaign for the Democratic nomination to run for the United States Senate. At that time, there was no noteworthy Republican Party in Texas, so the primary would effectively decide the election.

He continued being active in local politics as a "Johnson Man," rising to become the head of the Democratic Party in Texas. In 1960, he both helped organize the Kennedy/Johnson campaign in Texas while also working directly for Johnson as an aide while campaigning across the United States. During Johnson's years as both a senator as well as vice president, he repeatedly asked Watson to join his staff, but Watson declined, preferring the freedom of remaining an independent adviser to LBJ, rather than an employee.

Johnson called upon Watson to help organize the 1964 Democratic Convention in Atlantic City, New Jersey. Watson found it necessary to remove many Kennedy family loyalists from the convention staff, as he became convinced that they were working to either force Johnson to accept Robert F. Kennedy as his running mate, or else stampede the delegates to have RFK nominated for the presidency instead of Johnson.

Watson became the White House Chief of Staff in all but name as White House Appointments Secretary to Johnson in 1965, helping to coordinate passage of much of the Great Society domestic agenda. In this position, his workday frequently began shortly after 6:00 in the morning, and he routinely didn't return home for the day until midnight or later; even during his off hours, he remained on call, and quite often found himself back at his desk in the White House on Sundays in order to deal with sudden issues. He was appointed Postmaster General in 1968, and was the last surviving cabinet-level Postmaster General at the time of his death.

After the end of the Johnson administration in 1969, Watson became an official with Armand Hammer's Occidental Petroleum, working with Armand Hammer. He had been offered the U.S. ambassadorship to Australia by Richard Nixon, but declined so as to be able to spend more time with his family.

He delivered a eulogy at Johnson's state funeral in January 1973, emphasizing Johnson's unswerving dedication to the betterment of America.

He served as the president of Dallas Baptist College (now Dallas Baptist University) from 1979 to 1987.

Watson died on November 26, 2017, at the age of 93. He was buried at the Texas State Cemetery.

Watson, played by Martin McDougall, was featured in the second episode of season 3 in the Netflix series The Crown.

  1. McFeeley, Neil D. (March 1987). Appointment of Judges: The Johnson Presidency. ISBN 9780292741416.
  2. Miller Center Archived June 26, 2013, at the Wayback Machine
  3. A Time to Remember
  4. Epstein 1996, pp. 229–230. sfn error: no target: CITEREFEpstein1996 (help)
  5. Texas State Cemetery-W. Marvin Watson
  6. Schudel, Matt (2017-11-28). "W. Marvin Watson Jr., a top White House aide to Lyndon B. Johnson, dies at 93". The Washington Post. Retrieved2017-11-28.
Political offices
Preceded by
White House Appointments Secretary
1963–1968
Succeeded by
Preceded by
United States Postmaster General
1968–1969
Succeeded by

W. Marvin Watson
W Marvin Watson Language Watch Edit William Marvin Watson June 6 1924 November 26 2017 was an advisor to U S president Lyndon B Johnson and was Postmaster General from April 26 1968 to January 20 1969 2 W Marvin Watson58th United States Postmaster GeneralIn office April 26 1968 January 20 1969PresidentLyndon B JohnsonPreceded byLarry O BrienSucceeded byWinton M BlountWhite House Appointments SecretaryIn office February 1 1965 1 April 26 1968PresidentLyndon B JohnsonPreceded byKenneth O DonnellSucceeded byJames R JonesPersonal detailsBornWilliam Marvin Watson 1924 06 06 June 6 1924 Oakhurst Texas U S DiedNovember 26 2017 2017 11 26 aged 93 The Woodlands Texas U S Political partyDemocraticEducationBaylor University BA MA Military serviceAllegiance United StatesBranch service United States Marine CorpsBattles warsWorld War II Contents 1 Life and career 2 In popular culture 3 Further reading 4 References 5 External linksLife and career EditWatson was born in Oakhurst Texas He received a bachelor s degree in economics and an M B A from Baylor University which he initially attended on a music scholarship Watson entered the United States Marine Corps during World War II and saw action in the Pacific campaign during the later stage of the war He began working for Johnson during the 1948 primary campaign for the Democratic nomination to run for the United States Senate At that time there was no noteworthy Republican Party in Texas so the primary would effectively decide the election He continued being active in local politics as a Johnson Man rising to become the head of the Democratic Party in Texas In 1960 he both helped organize the Kennedy Johnson campaign in Texas while also working directly for Johnson as an aide while campaigning across the United States During Johnson s years as both a senator as well as vice president he repeatedly asked Watson to join his staff but Watson declined preferring the freedom of remaining an independent adviser to LBJ rather than an employee Johnson called upon Watson to help organize the 1964 Democratic Convention in Atlantic City New Jersey Watson found it necessary to remove many Kennedy family loyalists from the convention staff as he became convinced that they were working to either force Johnson to accept Robert F Kennedy as his running mate or else stampede the delegates to have RFK nominated for the presidency instead of Johnson Watson became the White House Chief of Staff in all but name as White House Appointments Secretary to Johnson in 1965 helping to coordinate passage of much of the Great Society domestic agenda 3 In this position his workday frequently began shortly after 6 00 in the morning and he routinely didn t return home for the day until midnight or later even during his off hours he remained on call and quite often found himself back at his desk in the White House on Sundays in order to deal with sudden issues He was appointed Postmaster General in 1968 and was the last surviving cabinet level Postmaster General at the time of his death After the end of the Johnson administration in 1969 Watson became an official with Armand Hammer s Occidental Petroleum working with Armand Hammer 4 He had been offered the U S ambassadorship to Australia by Richard Nixon but declined so as to be able to spend more time with his family He delivered a eulogy at Johnson s state funeral in January 1973 emphasizing Johnson s unswerving dedication to the betterment of America He served as the president of Dallas Baptist College now Dallas Baptist University from 1979 to 1987 Watson died on November 26 2017 at the age of 93 He was buried at the Texas State Cemetery 5 6 In popular culture EditWatson played by Martin McDougall was featured in the second episode of season 3 in the Netflix series The Crown Further reading EditW Marvin Watson amp Sherwin Markman Chief of Staff Lyndon Johnson and His Presidency Thomas Dunne Books 2004 ISBN 0 312 28504 3 Epstein Edward Jay Dossier The Secret History of Armand Hammer New York Random House 1996 ISBN 978 0679448020 418 pages References Edit McFeeley Neil D March 1987 Appointment of Judges The Johnson Presidency ISBN 9780292741416 Miller Center Archived June 26 2013 at the Wayback Machine A Time to Remember Epstein 1996 pp 229 230 sfn error no target CITEREFEpstein1996 help Texas State Cemetery W Marvin Watson Schudel Matt 2017 11 28 W Marvin Watson Jr a top White House aide to Lyndon B Johnson dies at 93 The Washington Post Retrieved 2017 11 28 External links EditThe President s Gatekeepers W Marvin Watson W Marvin Watson at Find a Grave Appearances on C SPANPolitical officesPreceded by Kenneth O Donnell White House Appointments Secretary 1963 1968 Succeeded by James R JonesPreceded by Larry O Brien United States Postmaster General 1968 1969 Succeeded by Winton Blount Retrieved from https en wikipedia org w index php title W Marvin Watson amp oldid 1040002316, wikipedia, wiki, book,

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