Thomas J. Watson Ê

Search Site
About MultiEducator
The Colonies
For Educators
American History
World History
Election Central
Primary Source Documents
20th Century Almanac
Aviation History
Navy History
Railroad History
America's Wars



History of Israel
Other Links
About Historycentral
Contact US


Thomas J. Watson

1874- 1956


Entrepreneur Thomas Watson was born in rural New York. He grew up on a farm, which he left to find his fortune. Watson was a natural salesman and had a number of jobs before beginning work for National Cash Register Company. He worked for the firm for nearly 17 years, at which time NCR's mecurial owner forced him out.

Watson went on to become the President of Computer Tabulating Recording, Inc. Watson changed the name of the business to International Business Machines (IBM).

IBM received an order from the newly established Social Security Administration to help maintains its records. After World War II, Watson began to move IBM into the era of electronic computers, paving the way for IBM to become a world leader in the field of technology. In 1956, he stepped down and was succeeded by his son.