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Clarence Wayland Watson
Clarence Wayland Watson (1864-1940) was a coal mining "baron" from West Virginia. Organized several coal companies that became the Consolidation Coal and Mining Companies in West Virginia, Maryland, Pennsylvania, and Kentucky. Watson was president of Consolidation until 1911, then became chairman. Later in life he became President of Elk Horn Coal and served as trustee of various corporations, railroads, and banks across the U.S. Served as U. S. Senator for West Virginia from 1911-13 after Stephen B. Elkins died in office. In March 1918 he Watson was commissioned a lieutenant colonel in the Ordnance Department of the Army in March 1918 and served with the American Expeditionary Forces in France until January 1919. Then, in 1918, while overseas, was once again nominated for US Senator, but lost the election.
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