SCOTT, John Morin (1730-1784)

SCOTT, JOHN MORIN, a Delegate from New York; born in New York City in 1730; attended the common schools; was graduated from Yale College in 1746; studied law; was admitted to the bar in 1752 and commenced practice in New York City; one of the founders of the Sons of Liberty; alderman 1756-1761; member of the New York General Committee in 1775; member of the Provincial Congress 1775-1777; brigadier general in the Revolutionary War; member of the committee to draw up a constitution for the state of New York in 1776; elected associate justice of the supreme court of New York in 1777, but declined to accept the position; member of the state senate 1777-1782; secretary of state of New York 1778-1784; Member of the Continental Congress 1780 and 1782; died in New York City September 14, 1784; interment at the north entrance of Trinity Church.

New-York Historical Society
New York, NY
Papers: 1776, 1 volume.
Orderly book, June 28, 1776 - July 28, 1776, for an unidentified New York militia regiment in General John Morin Scott's brigade, stationed in New York City. Contains headquarters and brigade orders. Includes material on courts-martial, signals, hygiene (criticism of city privies; recommendation to include more vegetables in troops' diet) and an order to dress troops in hunting shirts. Perhaps kept by James McKenney and/or Conway Connell.

Papers: In the Collection of evidence in vindication of the territorial rights and jurisdiction of the State of New York against the claims of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and New Hampshire and the people of the grants who are commonly called Vermonters, [18--], 1 volume.
Nineteenth century copy of documentation assembled ca. 1780 by state commissioners James Duane, John Morin Scott, and Egbert Benson with the aim of substantiating New York's boundary claims in boundary disputes respecting properties on both sides of the Connecticut River, commonly called the New Hampshire Grants. Printed in New-York Historical Society Collections, 1869.

Papers: In the Duane and Featherstonhaugh Family Papers, 1666-1900, 7.5 linear feet.
Correspondents include John Morin Scott.

Papers: In the Land Papers, 1728-1868, 7.5 linear feet.
Persons represented include John Morin Scott.

Papers: In the John McKesson Papers, 1761-1825, 8 volumes.
Persons represented include John Morin Scott.

Papers: In Randall's Island Legal Papers, 1770-1771, approximately 90 items.
Persons represented include John Morin Scott.

Papers: In the Robert Ross Papers, ca. 1764-1830, approximately 190 items.
Correspondents include John Morin Scott.

Papers: In the Richard Varick Papers, 1774-1830, 2.3 linear feet.
Correspondents include John Morin Scott.


New York State Library
Manuscripts and Special Collections
Albany, NY
Papers: 1777, 1 page.
A letter from John Morin Scott to General Malcolm written on January 15, 1777. In the letter, Scott recommends that Israel Keith, General Heath's aide-de-camp, be promoted to Major.


Rosenbach Museum & Library
Philadelphia, PA
Papers: In the Legal Manuscripts, 1767-1768, 3 items.
Opinions of Richard Stockton, William Smith, Jr., and John Morin Scott on the effect of some recently discovered papers on the case of the Earl of Perth's claim to 7/8 of a proprietorship in East Jersey, and advice on his course of action. Stockton's opinion, DS, 12 Jan. 1768, is followed by copies in another hand of Smith's, dated 21 Dec. 1767, and Scott's, dated 26 Dec. 1767.

  • Dillon, Dorothy Rita. The New York Triumvirate; A Study of the Legal and Political Careers of William Livingston, John Morin Scott, William Smith, Jr. 1949. Reprint, New York: AMS Press, [1968].