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Thomas J. Watson, Jr.

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Thomas J. Watson, Jr.

President and CEO of I.B.M.


Who was Thomas Waton, Jr.?

Thomas Watson Jr. was a President and CEO of International Business Machines (IBM). He followed in the footsteps of his father who served as the Chairman and CEO of IBM. While his father is credited with growing IBM into an international company based largely on sales of punched card tabulating machines, it was the son who redirected the company into computers and its eventual domination of mainframe computers. In 1987, Fortune magazine called him “the greatest capitalist in history”, and in 1999, Time magazine included him in its list of the “100 most influential people of the 20th century.”

Thomas Watson Jr. also served as the 11th national president of the Boy Scouts of America and the 16th U. S. Ambassador to the Soviet Union. In 1964, he was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Lyndon B. Johnson. IBM’s Watson computer system that is capable of answering questions posed in natural language, and is often seen in quirky commercials, was name after Thomas Watson Sr. and Jr. who together led IBM for more than a half century.

Famous Kin

Thomas Watson Jr. is a descendant of Mayflower passenger William White. He has a number of former U.S. Presidents in his family tree including Millard Fillmore, William H. Taft, Warren G. Harding, Calvin Coolidge, Herbert Hoover, Franklin D. Roosevelt, Richard Nixon, and both Presidents Bush.

Some of Thomas Watson Jr’s celebrity kin include Mark Wahlberg, Humphrey Bogart, Kyra Sedgwick, George Hamilton, Anderson Cooper, Jodie Foster, Carole Lombard, Alexandra Breckenridge, and a number of others. Other notable kin include Declaration of Independence signers Robert Treat Paine, William Williams and Lyman Hall, author and poet Henry David Thoreau, inventor Thomas Edison, Mormon Church president Brigham Young, Battle of Bunker Hill General Joseph Warren, dictionary publisher Noah Webster, American Red Cross founder Clara Barton, bank financier J.P. Morgan, Macy’s founder Rowland Macy, author Louisa May Alcott, and many others.


Some of the most recently added connections of famous kin for Thomas J. Watson, Jr.

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George H. W. Bush

41st U.S. President

10th cousin
via Thomas Brigham

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George W. Bush

43rd U.S. President

10th cousin 1 time removed
via Thomas Brigham

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Shubael D. Childs

Founder of S.D. Childs & Company

5th cousin 5 times removed
via Thomas Brigham

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Thomas Brigham

(c1603 - 1653)
Susan & Ellen passenger 1635

9th great-grandfather

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Eli Whitney

Inventor of the Cotton Gin

4th cousin 6 times removed
via Thomas Brigham

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James Brolin

TV and Movie Actor

9th cousin 1 time removed
via Thomas Brigham

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Josh Brolin

TV and Movie Actor

10th cousin
via Thomas Brigham

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Jeb Bush

43rd Governor of Florida

10th cousin 1 time removed
via Thomas Brigham

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Brigham Young

2nd President of the Mormon Church

5th cousin 5 times removed
via Thomas Brigham

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Steve Young

NFL Hall of Fame Quarterback

10th cousin
via Thomas Brigham

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Joy Morton

Founder of Morton Salt Company

7th cousin 3 times removed
via Thomas Brigham

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Julius Sterling Morton

Founder of Arbor Day

6th cousin 4 times removed
via Thomas Brigham

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Sarah Palin

9th Governor of Alaska

10th cousin 1 time removed
via Thomas Brigham

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John Davis

14th and 17th Governor of Massachusetts

4th cousin 6 times removed
via Thomas Brigham

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Jonathan Bush

Co-founder and CEO of athenahealth

10th cousin 1 time removed
via Thomas Brigham

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Billy Bush

TV Personality and Host

10th cousin 1 time removed
via Thomas Brigham

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John Paul Stevens

U.S. Supreme Court Justice

11th cousin 1 time removed
via Henry Howland

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Geena Davis

Movie and TV Actress

9th cousin 1 time removed
via Thomas Brigham

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Geena Davis

Movie and TV Actress

13th cousin
via Thomas Morse

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George H. W. Bush

41st U.S. President

11th cousin 1 time removed
via Edward Frost

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Barbara (Pierce) Bush

First Lady of President George H.W. Bush

10th cousin 1 time removed
via John Moore

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George W. Bush

43rd U.S. President

11th cousin 2 times removed
via Edward Frost

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George W. Bush

43rd U.S. President

11th cousin
via John Moore

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Calvin Coolidge

30th U.S. President

7th cousin 3 times removed
via Henry Rice

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Calvin Coolidge

30th U.S. President

7th cousin 2 times removed
via Samuel Rice

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