Thomas Scott (Ohio judge)

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Thomas Scott
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Associate Justice of the Ohio Supreme Court
In office
January 17, 1809 July 25, 1815
Preceded by Samuel H. Huntington
Succeeded by Jessup Nash Couch
Member of the OhioHouseofRepresentatives
from the Ross County district
In office
December 4, 1815 December 1, 1816
ServingwithJames Barnes
Duncan McArthur
Preceded byJohn McDougall
Samuel Swearingen
James Barnes
Succeeded byWilliam Vance
James Menary
James Barnes
Personal details
Born(1772-10-31)October 31, 1772
DiedFebruary 13, 1856(1856-02-13) (aged 83)
Chillicothe, Ohio
Resting place Grandview Cemetery
Political party Democratic-Republican
Spouse(s)Catherine Wood
Childreneight [1]

Thomas Scott (October 31, 1772 February 13, 1856) was Clerk of the Ohio State Senate from 1803 to 1809 and an Ohio Supreme Court Judge from 1809 to 1816.


Thomas Scott was born at Oldtown, Frederick (now Allegany) County, Maryland. [2] At age eighteen, he was ordained to preach in the Methodist church and, in 1793, was placed in charge of the Ohio circuit. In May 1796, he married Catherine Wood. [3] He learned the art of tailoring, and studied law under James Brown of Lexington, Kentucky. He practiced in Flemingsburgh, Kentucky in 1799 and 1800. [3]

Scott came to Chillicothe, Ohio early in 1801, and was licensed to practice in June, 1801. He was Clerk of the Northwest Territory Legislature that winter. In November, 1802, he was secretary at the State Constitutional Convention. [3] He was first justice of the peace in Ross County, [2] and was clerk of the Ohio Senate 1803–1809. [4] He was Prosecuting Attorney of Ross County, 1804 and 1805. [3]

In 1809, Scott was chosen Judge of the Ohio Supreme Court, serving until he resigned July 25, 1815. [1] He was elected to the Ohio House of Representatives in 1815, and did not seek re-election. [5] Scott was a Whig until Henry Clay blocked his appointment as Federal District Judge. He then became a Democrat, remaining so until the candidacy of General Harrison in 1840, after which he returned to the Whigs. [3]

From 1829 to 1845, Scott served as register of public lands at the Chillicothe Federal Land Office. [3] When he died February 13, 1856 at Chillicothe, he had been active as a lawyer longer than anyone in Ohio, and "probably, longer a preacher of the gospel than any other minister in the United States." [3] He is buried at Grandview Cemetery. [1]

See also


  1. 1 2 3 The Supreme Court of Ohio and The Ohio Judicial System - Thomas Scott
  2. 1 2 Howe 1891  : 192
  3. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 Evans 1917  : 160-162
  4. Ohio 1917  : 217-218
  5. Ohio 1917  : 258

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Ohio Senate
Preceded by
William C. Schenck
Clerk of the Senate
Succeeded by
Isaiah Morris