Portrait: Rodearmel, Senate of Pa. 1900; also: Wilkes-Barre Record, Sept. 12, 1818.
COUNTIES: Luzerne, Lackawanna
William John Scott (R21) Lackawanna and Luzerne Counties 1896-1900
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 to 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. (i) (ii) (iii)
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.
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, 1896-1900, member 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.
Smull’s Legislative Hand Book, (1900) Miller, H.P., Biographical Sketches of Senators, page 1163, 1186 and 1192-1194
Pittston Gazette (Pittston, Pennsylvania) Thursday September 12, 1918, Page 4
Standard-Speaker (Hazleton, Pennsylvania) Friday September 13, 1918, Page 8