SCOTT, William Kerr, (1896 - 1958)

Senate Years of Service: 1954-1958
Party: Democrat

Courtesy U.S. Senate Historical Office

SCOTT, William Kerr, a Senator from North Carolina; born in Haw River, Alamance County, N.C., April 17, 1896; attended the public schools of Hawfields, N.C.; graduated from North Carolina State College at Raleigh in 1917; during the First World War served as a private in the Field Artillery, United States Army 1918; farmer and dairyman; Alamance County farm agent 1920-1930; master, North Carolina State Grange 1930-1933; regional director, Farm Debt Adjustment Program of Resettlement Administration 1934-1936; North Carolina State Commissioner of Agriculture 1937-1948; Governor of North Carolina 1949-1952; elected as a Democrat to the United States Senate on November 2, 1954, to fill the vacancy caused by the death of Willis Smith, and at the same time was elected to a full term beginning January 3, 1955, and served from November 29, 1954, until his death in Burlington, N.C., April 16, 1958; interment in Hawfields Presbyterian Church Cemetery near Mebane, N.C.


American National Biography; Dictionary of American Biography; U.S. Congress. Memorial Addresses. 85 Cong., 2nd sess., 1958. Washington, D.C.: Government Printing Office, 1958.