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Scott, J. T.

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Scott, J. T.
March 12, 2007 10:16PM
Souvenir Edition, The Williamstown Courier, Williamstown, Ky, May 30,
1901, reprinted September 19, 1981 by the Grant County KY Historical

J. T. SCOTT was born in Harrison County December 25, 1844, and is now
passing into his fifty-seventh year. His father, J. S. Scott, deceased,
was of Virginia stock, although born in Delaware. He removed to
Kentucky, with his parents, when only 8 years old. J. S. Scott married
Miss Sarah Burgess in 1844 and to this union nine children were born,
of which Dr. J. T. Scott is the eldest. They were all raised in
Harrison County, on the old home place, where Mrs. Scott, now quite old,
still resides. The children are now scattered and find homes in many
states. W. W. Scott lives at Baxter Springs, Kansas, John Scott in
Columbus, Georgia, and they are dealers and traders in fine horses.
Mrs. T. H. Hayes, one of the sisters, lives in Cincinnati; the remainder
of the children, Henry Scott, Mrs. James Caldwell and Mrs. Samuel Smith,
live in Harrison County.
Dr. Scott grew up to manhood on his father's farm. His opportunity
for an education was not good, but by dint of hard work, perseverance
and many sacrifices he obtained a sufficient education to secure a
teacher's certificate, and, like many another worthy son, began life for
himself as a schoolteacher. He taught several terms during the winter
months, worked on the farm during the cropping seasons, but all of the
time had his mind and heart on the study of the medical profession, and
at odd times and moments read with a persistence that finally landed him
at the goal of his ambition. He attended the Cincinnati College of
Medicine and Surgery and graduated from that institution in March 1869.
In May of that year, with his diploma and his wife as his only capital,
he adopted Grant County as his home, and began the practice of his
profession at Downingsville. He remained there one year and moved to
Jonesville; practiced there for five years and then located at
Knoxville. Here he first became a dealer in leaf tobacco as rehandler
and shipper. All the time he continued active in the practice of his
In 1888, having acquired a competency in life, he moved to
Williamstown and has since resided at his beautiful home on North Main
Street. Since moving to Williamstown the doctor has ceased to practice
medicine, but continues to purchase and rehandle tobacco. He buys every
year from one-fourth to one-half a million pounds. He has been very
In July, 1868, Dr. Scott united in marriage with Miss Sallie
Hedger, of Scott County, a relative of the Hedgers of Grant. To this
marriage three children were born, only two of whom are now living--Mr.
Dr. G. W. Tucker, of Dana, Indiana and Mrs. J. C. Brown of Williamstown.
Mr. J. C. Brown is associated with the doctor in the tobacco trade.
In politics Dr. Scott is a Democrat of the persistent type. In 1896 he
was a delegate to Chicago to the great Democratic convention that
nominated William J. Bryan for President, and has always been a hard
party worker. He is a member of the Baptist Church and active and
liberal toward all things that tend to better the condition of the
people. He is now President of the Williamstown and Owenton Telephone
Company and active in its management.

Scott Burgess Hayes Caldwell Smith Hedger Tucker Brown
Scott-KY Harrison-KY DE KS GA OH IN VA

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