Cropped and enlarged from composite, Courtesy; Somerset County Historical Society
Journalist, attorney, public official, and great-grandson of Pennsylvania colonial surveyor general, 1748-1761, Nicholas Scull, as well as the grandson of the founder of the Pittsburgh Gazette; Edward Scull was born in Pittsburgh, February 5, 1818; attended common schools in Pittsburgh and preparatory school in Steubenville Ohio; studied law under John F. and Edward Cowan of Greensburg; admitted to the bar in 1843; moved to Somerset, Pa. in 1846; established the Somerset Whig in the same year (later merged with the Herald); and practiced law to 1857, when he was elected to a three-year term as prothonotary and clerk of the court. Scull received a federal appointment through the Lincoln administration as collector of internal revenue in 1863, was removed by President Johnson in September 1866, in the meantime serving as a delegate to the Republican National Conventions in 1864, 1876, and 1884. He returned to the federal revenue department as assessor of internal revenue under President Grant, April 1869; served a single year in the state Senate, 1870; again appointed internal revenue collector, March 22, 1873, and served until August 1883, when the district was consolidated with another. After representing Somerset County in three successive congresses, 1887-1893, Scull retired to Somerset where he edited his Somerset Herald until his death on July 10, 1900. The Hon. Edward Scull is buried in Union Cemetery.