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Charles Frederick Scott

Politician, newspaperman. Republican. Born: September 7, 1860, Iola, Kansas. Died: September 18, 1938, Iola. Served in U.S. House of Representatives, at-large and 2nd District: March 4, 1901, to March 3, 1911.

The man who became one of Kansas' leading late-19th and early-20th century journalists, Charles F. Scott, was also a native Kansan, born near Iola, Allen County, on September 7, 1860. Scott attended the local schools and graduated from the University of Kansas in 1881. He spent about a year in Colorado, New Mexico, and Arizona, engaged chiefly in clerical work but returned to his hometown to edit the Iola Register. During the 1890s, Scott served on the board of regents for the University of Kansas and was elected to a four-year term in the state senate in 1892, before winning a seat in the U.S. Congress in 1900 (served, March 4, 1901-March 3, 1911). Scott was unsuccessful in a bid for a sixth term in 1910 but received appointment to a five-member delegation to the International Institute of Agriculture at Rome in 1911 and lectured on the Chautauqua platform during the 1910s. A delegate to the Republican National Conventions in 1916 and 1932, Scott unsuccessfully sought the Republican nomination to the U.S. Senate in 1918 and again in 1928. Thus, he remained interested in politics and his newspaper until his death in Iola on September 18, 1938.

Entry: Scott, Charles Frederick

Author: Kansas Historical Society

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Date Created: June 2011

Date Modified: May 2012

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