Biography of James L. Scott
FROM OUR COUNTY AND ITS PEOPLE
A DESCRIPTIVE AND BIOGRAPHICAL RECORD
OF SARATOGA COUNTY, NEW YORK
PREPARED AND PUBLISHED UNDER THE AUSPICES OF THE SARATOGIAN
THE BOSTON HISTORY COMPANY, PUBLISHERS 1899

T-Saratoga County, New York Wills, 1796-1805

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JAMES LEE SCOTT.

HON. JAMES LEE SCOTT was born in Ballston Spa, January 9, 1856, a son of George Gordon Scott, who was born on the homestead in Ballston, which was settled by his grandfather, George Scott, who arrived there with his brother-in-law, Gen. James Gordon, in 1774. George Gordon Scott was graduated from Union College in 1831, and the same year entered the law office of Palmer & Goodrich, later was with Brown & Thompson, and was admitted to the bar in 1834. He entered immediately upon the practice of law, which he continued up to the time of his death, September 7, 1886. in 1838 he was commissioned by Gov. William L. Marcy as judge of the County Courts, elected to the Assemblies of 1856 and 1857, in which latter year he was elected to the Senate from the Fifteenth district. He was the Democratic candidate for State comptroller in 1863. He served twenty-one consecutive years as supervisor of the town of Baliston, and in 1876 was selected by the county officials to deliver the centennial address. He was president of the day at the centennial celebration of the battle of Saratoga, held at Bemis Heights in 1877. He married Lucy, daughter of Hon. Joel Lee, and they had one son, James L., the subject of this sketch. James L. was educated in Greylock Institute and was graduated from Williams College. Mass., in 1876, and from Columbia Law School in 1878. He was admitted to the bar that same year and has continued his practice for twenty years. He was appointed county clerk by Governor Hill in 1886, and in July, 1898, he was appointed referee in bankruptcy for the counties of Saratoga, Schenectady and Warren by Judge Coxe of the United States District Court. He is interested in several corporations as president or director, and as a lawyer has taken a prominent rank in the county and this portion of the State. Mr. Scott married Miss Boone of Louisville, Ky., a lineal descendant of Squire Boone, brother and associate of the great pioneer, Daniel Boone; also a great-granddaughter of John Rowan, the associate of Henry Clay in the United States Senate.


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