Claude Watson
1944/1948 Presidential Candidate
1936 VP Candidate

An unsigned obituary in the March, 1978 edition of The National Statesman says:
     Dr. Claude A. Watson, Prohibition Presidential Nominee in 1944 and 1948, went to his eternal reward on January 3, 1978.  Ninety-two years of age, Mr. Watson leaves behind Mrs. Maude L. Watson, 2 children, 10 grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren.
     A michigan native, Mr. Watson graduated from Alma College and served as a Free Methodist pastor and conference superintendent.  He moved to California and established a very successful law practice there.  He was licensed to practice before the Federal and US Supreme courts.
     In 1936, he was the Prohibition Vice-Presidential Nominee, running with Dr. D. Leigh Colvin.  In 1944 and 1948, he carried the banner as the Presidential Nominee.  He gained nationwide publicity in 1944, when he questioned why President Roosevelt would not let him have the priority rights needed in wartime for air passage.  When reporters asked Mr. Roosevelt, Mr. Watson got his air tickets.  In 1948, he because the first US presidential nominee to fly his own campaign plane,... and he sent Mrs. Watson on a well publicized trip to the White House to measure for drapes, etc.  in case they moved in after the election.
     Dr. Watson's well-reasoned speeches attracted many to the party and among those are many who are leaders, today."

Dale H. Learn, the Prohibition Party nominee for Vice-President in 1948, resides on his farm located just outside the borough of East Stroudsburg, Stroud Township, Monroe County, Pennsylvania.  He is nationally known as an outstanding churchman and speaker.  He has been an active worker in the fight for prohibition and clean government during his entire adult life.  He has been a Realtor for the past 26 years.
     He was born on a Pennsylvania mountain farm, December 8, 1897, and was educated in the public schools of Monroe County.  He is a graduate of East Stroudsburg State Teachers College, Dickinson College, and Dickinson School of Law.  Dickinson has awarded him the following degrees:  A.B., L.L B., and A.M.  He is a former trustee of the East Stroudsburg Teachers College and is the youngest man ever to serve as President of the Pennsylvania Real Estate Association.
     Active in church work, he is a local preacher of the Methodist Church, Secretary of the Official Board of the Church, and an officer of the Sunday School.  He is an active member of the Peace Commission and of the Evangelical Commission of the Philadelphia Conference of the Methodist Church.
     Fraternally, he is a Mason, a member of the P.O.S. of A., and of the American Legion.  He served in World War I.  He is a member of the Phi Kappa Sigma college fraternity and has been active in numerous civic and religious organizations.
                                                  -- Reprinted from the 1947 Convention souvenir booklet.


  
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