SCOTT, William Kerr (1896-1958)

SCOTT, WILLIAM KERR, a Senator from North Carolina; born in Haw River, Alamance County, N.C., April 17, 1896; attended the public schools of Hawfields, N.C.; graduated from North Carolina State College at Raleigh in 1917; during the First World War served as a private in the Field Artillery, United States Army 1918; farmer and dairyman; Alamance County farm agent 1920-1930; master, North Carolina State Grange 1930-1933; regional director, Farm Debt Adjustment Program of Resettlement Administration 1934-1936; North Carolina State Commissioner of Agriculture 1937-1948; Governor of North Carolina 1949-1952; elected as a Democrat to the United States Senate on November 2, 1954, to fill the vacancy caused by the death of Willis Smith, and at the same time was elected to a full term beginning January 3, 1955, and served from November 29, 1954, until his death in Burlington, N.C., April 16, 1958; interment in Hawfields Presbyterian Church Cemetery near Mebane, N.C.

Columbia University
Oral History Project
New York, NY
Oral History: Discussed in interview with Terry Sanford.

North Carolina Division of Archives and History
Raleigh, NC
Papers: 1838-1972. 116 feet. Congressional, business, and personal correspondence, news releases, statements, clippings, and financial papers concerning farm management, family genealogy, political campaigns, public works, tariff, taxes, labor and public welfare, and political conventions; memorabilia; and photographs. Finding aid. Written permission required.
Additional Papers: Correspondence amd miscellaneous items in various collections, especially his son, Robert W. Scott II papers, 1948-1973.

Wake Forest University
Winston-Salem, NC
Papers: Correspondence in several collections.

  • Corbitt, David Leroy, ed. Public Addresses, Letters, and Papers of William Kerr Scott, Governor of North Carolina, 1949-1953. Raleigh: Council of State, State of North Carolina, 1957.
  • U.S. Congress. Memorial Services Held in the Senate and the House of Representatives of the United States, Together with Remarks Presented in Eulogy of William Kerr Scott, Late a Senator from North Carolina. 85th Cong., 2d sess., 1958. Washington: Government Printing Office, 1958.