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Charles Scott

Gov. Charles Scott

  • September 1, 1808 - August 24, 1812
  • Jeffersonian-Republican
  • January 1, 1739
  • October 22, 1813
  • Virginia
  • Married twice--Frances Sweeney, Judith Cary Gist; seven children
  • National Guard


CHARLES SCOTT was born in Goochland County, Virginia in 1739. His education was attained in the rural schools of his native state. Scott had a long and notable career in the military. He served as a non-commissioned officer in the Braddock campaign in 1755, was colonel of the 3rd Virginia battalion during the Revolutionary War, and later was brevetted the rank of major general. From 1790 to 1794, he fought and led a Kentucky regiment in numerous battles against the Indians. Scott entered politics in 1789, serving as a member of the Virginia Assembly, a position he held until 1790. He won election to the governorship of Kentucky in 1808. During his tenure, the state’s declining economy was addressed, as was the impeding war with Great Britain. The state’s military was increased with an additional 1,400 recruits, and William Henry Harrison was appointed major general of the Kentucky militia. After leaving office, Scott retired from public service. He died on October 22, 1813, and was buried at the Franklin Cemetery in Frankfort, Kentucky.

*Note: exact month and date of birth are not known.


Sobel, Robert, and John Raimo, eds. Biographical Directory of the Governors of the United States, 1789-1978, Vol. 2, Westport, Conn.; Meckler Books, 1978. 4 vols.

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