SCOTT, Charles Lewis, a Representative from California; born in Richmond, Henrico County,
Va., January 23, 1827; attended the public schools and Richmond Academy and was
graduated from the College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, Va., in 1846;
studied law; was admitted to the bar in 1847 and commenced practice in
Richmond, Va.; moved to California in 1849 and engaged in gold mining; resumed
the practice of his profession in Sonora, Calif., in 1851; member of the State
assembly 1854-1856; elected as a Democrat to the Thirty-fifth and Thirty-sixth
Congresses (March 4, 1857-March 3, 1861); was not a candidate for reelection;
during the Civil War served as a major in the Fourth Regiment, Alabama
Volunteer Infantry, of the Confederate Army; after the war engaged in
agricultural pursuits in Wilcox County, Ala., and from 1869 to 1879 was engaged
in journalism; was a delegate to every Democratic National Convention from the
end of the Civil War to 1896; appointed by President Cleveland on August 10,
1885, Minister Resident to Venezuela and consul general at Caracas and served
until his resignation, effective March 8, 1889; returned to the United States
and engaged in agricultural pursuits until his death near Mount Pleasant,
Monroe County, Ala., April 30, 1899; interment in the private cemetery of Mrs.
Robert G. Scott at Cedar Hill, Ala.
BibliographyScott, Charles L.
Adventures of Charles L. Scott, Esq. Edited by Kathy McCoy.
Monroeville, AL: Monroe County Heritage Museums, 1997.