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Thomas John Watson (1874–1956)

Object Name: Bust
Date: 1946
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Medium: Painted plaster
Dimensions: Overall: 24 x 28 1/2 x 13 in. ( 61 x 72.4 x 33 cm )
Description: Portrait bust. Red-brown painted plaster.
Credit Line: Gift of the artist
Object Number: 1951.454
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The subject was born in Campbell, New York, the son of Thomas and Jane (White) Watson. He started his career as a salesman for the National Cash Register Company, and by 1908 had risen to the main office as general sales manager. Six years later he became president of the Computing-Tabulating-Recording Company. In 1924 this company became the International Business Machines Corporation (IBM).


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