Watson, Thomas John
- Stephen Marshall
Watson, Thomas John (17 February 1874–19 June 1956), business executive, was born in East Campbell, New York, the son of Thomas John Watson, a farmer and lumberman, and Jane Fulton White. Watson was educated at the Addison Academy and studied briefly at the Miller School of Commerce in Elmira, New York. He started work in 1892 as a bookkeeper for a butcher but soon became a traveling salesman. He first sold pianos, organs, and sewing machines and later stock in a building and loan association. He attempted to establish a chain of butcher shops in 1895 but went bankrupt when his partner disappeared with the firm’s funds....