SCOTT, John (1785-1861)

SCOTT, JOHN, a Delegate and a Representative from Missouri; born in Hanover County, Va., May 18, 1785; moved with his parents to Indiana Territory in 1802; was graduated from Princeton College in 1805; studied law; was admitted to the bar and commenced practice in Ste. Genevieve, Mo., in 1806; presented credentials as a Delegate-elect to the Fourteenth Congress from the Territory of Missouri and served from August 6, 1816, to January 13, 1817, when the election was declared illegal and the seat vacant; elected as a Delegate to the Fifteenth and Sixteenth Congresses and served from August 4, 1817, to March 3, 1821; upon the admission of Missouri as a State into the Union was elected as a Republican to the Seventeenth Congress, reelected as an Adams-Clay Republican to the Eighteenth Congress, and elected as an Adams candidate to the Nineteenth Congress and served from August 10, 1821, to March 3, 1827; chairman, Committee on Public Lands (Nineteenth Congress); unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1826 to the Twentieth Congress; resumed the practice of law; died in Ste. Genevieve, Ste. Genevieve County, Mo., October 1, 1861.

  • Weiner, Alan S. "John Scott, Thomas Hart Benton, David Barton and the Presidential Election of 1824: A Case Study in Pressure Politics." Missouri Historical Review 60 (July 1966): 460-94.