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The Political Career of W. Kerr Scott: The Squire from Haw River

Julian M. Pleasants


The political biography of Kerr Scott covers his career in North Carolina as commissioner of agriculture (1936–1948), governor (1949–1953) and US senator (1954–1958). A rural progressive/populist, Scott came to power in 1948 by defeating the powerful political machine that had controlled the state for years. As governor, despite a conservative legislature, he led the state from a poor, backwater southern state to an economically viable state by investing in roads, education, health care, new industry, and new port facilities. A charismatic and controversial governor, he was a moderate on race ... More

Keywords: Progressive reform, Populist, Savior of the rural element, Ideological split, “Go Forward” program

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780813146775
Published to Kentucky Scholarship Online: May 2015 DOI:10.5810/kentucky/9780813146775.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Julian M. Pleasants, author
University of Florida