Member Biography

William John Scott 


Portrait: Rodearmel, Senate of Pa. 1900; also: Wilkes-Barre Record, Sept. 12, 1818.


Sessions Office Position District Party
1897-1898       21 Republican
1899-1900       21 Republican

COUNTIES: Luzerne, Lackawanna  


02/17/1842 - 09/10/1918

William John Scott (R21) Luzerne (Part) County 1897-1900

Early Life: 

William John Scott, born February 17, 1842, city of Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania; son of Irish immigrants; public school education; private, prisoner of War, Civil War 1864-1865; colonel, Pennsylvania National Guard, 1895-1899; elected, Republican, Pennsylvania State Senate, 1896-1900; Custom House Officer; witness clerk, Wilkes-Barre Courthouse; wife, 2 sons, 1 daughter, 2 grandchildren; died, Pennsylvania’s influenza pandemic, heart trouble, September 10, 1918, apartment, Schooley Building, Wilkes-Barre, Luzerne County, Pennsylvania; interment Oak Lawn Cemetery and Mausoleum, Hanover, Luzerne County, Pennsylvania.  

Early Career:

Enlisted, age 17, private January 14, 1864, Company A, 159th Regiment, Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry, 14th Cavalry, battles of Winchester; Cedar Creek; Sheridan’s Shenandoah Valley Campaign; sixty-three additional raids and expeditions; dispatched, United States Army, Fort Leavenworth, Kansas,  June 1865. Colonel, Pennsylvania National Guard under Governor Daniel Hastings, 1895-1899. 

Dupont Wapwallowpen Powder Works, manager, Luzerne County, 45 years.  

Professional titles; business ownership; board memberships; local government; club memberships:

Member, Saint Stephen’s Episcopal Church; Westmoreland Club; Elks Lodge No. 109: Solomon Lodge of Masons, Philadelphia; Union Veterans Legion. 

Pennsylvania Politics:

Unsuccessful bid, United States Congress, 1880.  

Alternate delegate, Republican National Convention, 11th district Pennsylvania, Exposition Building Chicago, Cook County, Illinois, June 3-6, 1884, nomination of: James G. Blaine, Maine, President and John A. Logan, of Illinois, Vice-President.

Elected, Republican, Pennsylvania State Senate, 21st district, Luzerne (Part) County, 1897-1900, committee assignment, Federal Relations, Finance, Library, Mines and Mining and New Counties and County Seats Committees.  


According to his 1900 Senate biography, he served some time as a prisoner of war; however, official records do not indicate where or when. 


Cox, Harold. "Senate Members S"Wilkes University Election Statistics ProjectWilkes University.

Smull’s Legislative Handbook, (1900). Cochran, T.B., (Editor) Miller, H.P. (Assistant Editor) Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, pages 1186, 1192-1195, Biographical Sketches of Senators, page 1163.

Pittston Gazette (Pittston, Pennsylvania) Thursday September 12, 1918, Page 4. 

Standard-Speaker (Hazleton, Pennsylvania) Friday September 13, 1918, Page 8.

William John Scott (1842-1918) - Find a Grave Memorial