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Watson Carvosso Squire
Best known forTerritorial Governor

  Born05/18/1838, Cape Vincent, Jefferson County, New York, USA
  ParentsRev. Orra Squire, Erretta Wheeler
  Military ServiceIn 1861 enlisted in Company F, 19th Regiment, New York Volunteer Infantry. Promoted to the rank of first lieutenant and mustered out the same year. Rejoined the Union Army in 1862, raised and organized the 7th Independent Company of the Ohio Sharpshooters and was comissioned a Captain. Participated in the battles of Nashville, Chickamauga, Resaca and Missionary Ridge. Discharged in 1865 with the rank of captain and was brevetted major, lieutenant colonel and colonel.
  EducationWesleyan University (1859). Cleveland Law School (1862).
  MarriagesIda Remington 12/23/1868
  ChildrenPhilo Remington Squire, 1870. Shirley Herbert Squire, 1872. Died 1837. Adine Squire, 1877. Marjorie Squire, 1881.
  Death06/07/1926, Seattle, King County, Washington, USA
  BuriedWashelli Cemetery, Seattle, King County, Washington, USA


  • Attorney. After leaving politics in 1897, Squire practised law. He founded the Union Trust Company to administer his properties.
  • Principal. Moravia Institute. 1859-1861.
  • Secretary, Treasurer, Manager. Remington Arms Factory. 1865-1879. Signed first contract for the manufacture of typewriters .
  • Governor. Republican, Washington Territory. 1884 - 1887. 3 year(s). Squire declared martial law during the 1885-1886 anti-Chinese riots in Seattle and Tacoma in which most of the Chinese were expelled. .
  • U.S. Senator. Republican, Washington. 11/20/1889 - 3/3/1897. 8 year(s). Upon the admission of Washington as a State into the Union in 1889, Squire was elected as a Republican to the U.S. Senate; he was reelected in 1891. He was an unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1897. While in the Senate, he was chairman of the Committee on Coast Defenses (Fifty-second and Fifty-fourth Congresses) and a member of the Committee on Transportation Routes to the Seaboard (Fifty-second Congress). .
Affiliations:Admissions Convention, at Ellensburg in 1889 to petition Congress for Washington statehood.



Ancestry Library - 1881 and 1910 census. Edmond S. Meany: Governors of Washington