Charles L. Scott

Charles Lewis Scott (January 23, 1827 – April 30, 1899) is a former American Democratic politician from California.


Charles L. Scott was born January 23, 1827 in Richmond, Virginia. His father was Robert G. Scott, well known attorney and politition of Richmond VA who was born in McIntosh Co. GA and died in AL. His mother was Susan Randolph Madison, daughter of Rt.Rev. Bishop James Madison of VA. His Grandfather was Col. William Scott, born 1752 in VA and lived in Camden Co. GA. Charles Lewis Scott attended the public schools and Richmond Academy. In 1846 he graduated from the College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, Virginia. He then studied law and was admitted to the bar in 1847, practicing in Richmond. During the 1849 California Gold Rush he went to California and mined gold. In 1851, he resumed practicing law in Sonora.

Scott was a member of the State assembly during 1854–1856. In 1856 he was elected to the 35th Congress, serving until 1861. In Congress he met several famous men of the day and he married a young woman he met in Mobile, Alabama.

When the American Civil War began he resigned his seat in Congress and joined the Fourth Regiment, Alabama Volunteer Infantry, of the Confederate Army, serving as major. He never returned to California. In 1861 he suffered a serious leg wound at the First Battle of Bull Run. The severity of his leg pain caused him to resign his commission in 1862, after the Battle of Seven Pines.

After the war, Scott farmed in Wilcox County, Alabama, then during 1869–1879 was a journalist. He was a delegate to every Democratic National Convention from the end of the Civil War to 1896. In 1885, he was appointed by President Cleveland as minister Venezuela, serving until he resigned in 1889. He returned to the U.S. and farmed.

Scott died April 30, 1899 near Mount Pleasant, Monroe County, Alabama, and is buried at a private cemetery at Cedar Hill, Alabama.

Further reading

  • Scott, Charles L. (1997) [1890s]. Adventures of Charles L. Scott, Esq. Monroeville, Ala.: Samuel F. Crook, Jr.. OCLC 36764750. 

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United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
Philemon T. Herbert
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from California's At-large congressional district

Succeeded by
Aaron A. Sargent
Diplomatic posts
Preceded by
Jehu Baker
United States Minister to Venezuela
24 June 1885–18 January 1889
Succeeded by
William L. Scruggs

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