James Sibley Watson (1860-1951)

Emily Sibley Watson’s family:

James Sibley Watson (1860-1951)

James Sibley Watson, Sr.


Emily Sibley Watson’s second husband, son of Don Alonzo Watson and Carolyn Manning Watson.  Don Alonzo Watson was Hiram Sibley’s partner; Watson & Sibley named their sons after each other.

"Jimmie" had loved Emily Sibley from the time he was a little boy. 

A graduate of the University of Rochester in 1881, Watson was a banker and sat on the Eastman Kodak board of directors from the company's beginning through his death. With his wife, he was a major donor of money and artwork to the Memorial Art Gallery. He was a yachtsman and a big game hunter as well, belonging to the Boone and Crockett Club, of which Theodore Roosevelt was founder and president. 

Portrait of James Sibley Watson, Sr. by George M. Haushalter, Memorial Art Gallery of the University of Rochester, Gift of Dr. and Mrs. Michael L. Watson, 2005.19