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Scott, Lyman

Biography

15 Feb. 1802–17 Jan. 1864. Miner, merchant, miller, philanthropist, politician. Likely born in Litchfield, Herkimer Co., New York. Son of David Scott and Elizabeth Dinsmore. Moved to Monroe Co., Illinois, by 1820. Moved to Herculaneum, Jefferson Co., Missouri, ca. 1825, and engaged in lead mining. Married Charlotte E. Ross, 8 Apr. 1829, in Pike Co., Illinois. Resided in Morgan Co., Illinois, 1830. Pike Co. school commissioner, 1833, 1838. Laid out town of Rockport, Pike Co., 1836, where he built and operated a gristmill and later a sawmill with his wife’s uncle William Ross under firm Ross, Scott and Co. Operated pork packing company under the firm Scott and Whiting, at Rockport. Incorporated Rockport and Mississippi Canal Company, 21 Feb. 1837. Served as postmaster, 25 Feb. 1837–13 Feb. 1838, in Atlas Township, Pike Co. Laid out town of Summer Hill in Atlas Township, 11 Mar. 1845. Served as delegate from Pike Co. at regional anti-Mormon convention held at Carthage, Hancock Co., Illinois, 1–2 Oct. 1845. After convention, visited Nauvoo, Hancock Co., to inspect unfinished temple. Moved to Stranger, Leavenworth Co., Kansas Territory, 1856. Owned and operated a bank in Leavenworth under name Scott, Kerr, and Co.; later became First National Bank, which he operated with sons Lyman Jr. and Lucien. Elected to represent Leavenworth Co. in Kansas House of Representatives, 4 Oct. 1858. Resided in Leavenworth, Leavenworth Co., 1860. Likely died in Lansing, Leavenworth Co. Buried in Mount Muncie Cemetery, Lansing.

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