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Tom Watson by C. Vann Woodward
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Dec 12, 10

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Read in January, 1967

In his life and in his death, Tom Watson embodied both the best and worst of the South. When he was at this finest, Watson was a populist crusader who electrified crowds with his rousing stump speeches espousing farm reform and working together between the races. He is known as the "Father of Rural Free Delivery," and lobbied for many reforms.

Toward the end of his life, Watson turned into a bitter anti-Catholic and racist, downtrodden by his earlier efforts. On the steps of the Georgia capital, there is a statue of Tom Watson with his arm raised, hair askew, obviously in the middle of delivering a fiery oration. He served in both the U.S. House and Senate, and was the Populist candidate in 1906, one of the most interesting chapters in his wonderful, horrible life.
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Thomas Baughman He was also largely responsible for whipping up the lynch mob that hanged Leo Frank in 1912.


Maureen You are absolutely right. Thanks for your interest.


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