William J Scott
Portrait: Rodearmel, Senate of Pa. 1900; also: Wilkes-Barre Record, Sept. 12, 1818.
Born in Philadelphia in November 1842, William J. Scott was the son of Irish immigrants; received a public school education; and enlisted on January 14, 1864, Co. A., 159th Regt., PVI, 14th Cavalry, private. He participated in the battles of Winchester; Cedar Creek; Sheridan’s Shenandoah Valley Campaign; sixty-three additional raids and expeditions; and dispatched with the U.S. Army to Ft. Leavenworth, Kansas in June 1865. According to his 1900 Senate biography, he served some time as a prisoner of war; however, official records do not indicate where or when. Scott moved to Luzerne County in 1872; was manager of the Dupont Wapwallowpen powder works for 45 years; Col. in the Pennsylvania National Guard under Daniel Hastings; unsuccessful bid for Congress; frequent member of state and county nominating conventions; elected to the Senate in November 1896, served one term through 1900. The Senator died in Wilkes-Barre, September 10, 1918, during Pennsylvania’s influenza pandemic.