Rev. Watson was elected the first principal or president of Jefferson College and Professor of Moral Philosophy August 29, 1802, at a salary of 150 pounds. Rev. Watson was a native of Western Pennsylvania, born in 1771. He was a student at Canonsburg Academy and graduated from Princeton College in 1797. He became an accomplished Latin and Greek scholar. He died November 30, 1802, only three months after his accession to the presidency.
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