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The Political Career of W. Kerr ScottThe Squire from Haw River$
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Julian M. Pleasants

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780813146775

Published to Kentucky Scholarship Online: May 2015

DOI: 10.5810/kentucky/9780813146775.001.0001

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The Early Years

The Early Years

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(p.10) (p.11) 1 The Early Years
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The Political Career of W. Kerr Scott
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Julian M. Pleasants

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University Press of Kentucky
DOI:10.5810/kentucky/9780813146775.003.0002

Descended from Scots-Irish pioneers, the Scott family set up a prosperous farm in Hawfields, North Carolina. The family was influential beyond Kerr Scott. His father served as a state legislator, and his son, Bob Scott, served as governor of the state. Scott’s brother, Ralph Scott, was an influential state legislator for many years, and his granddaughter, Meg Scott Phipps, became the state commissioner of agriculture. Kerr Scott was raised to value hard work, keep his word, and honor all his obligations. A staunch member of the Presbyterian Church, he graduated from North Carolina State College and began a career as a state farm agent and a leader of the state Grange. He developed a very successful farm, mainly dairy, and in 1936 he was elected state commissioner of agriculture.

Keywords:   Commissioner of agriculture, Pioneer family, Influential political family, Integrity and hard work, Dairy farmer

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