ROBERT WALTER SCOTT was born in Haw River, North Carolina, on June 13, 1929. Scott received a B.S. from North Carolina State University in 1952. He served in the U.S. Army Counterintelligence Corps from 1953 to 1955.
Born in Alamance County, June 13, 1929, Robert (Bob) Scott as the son of William Kerr Scott, Governor of the state, 1949-1953. He was a dairy farmer, active in National and State Grange, and a member of various agricultural organizations. His public service began when he was a member of the U.S. Army Counter Intelligence Corps, 1953-1955, and then as NC lieutenant governor, 1965-1969. While serving as a senator, he was president of State Senate from 1965 to 1967. In 1969, he took office as Governor of North Carolina. As governor, he raised large sums of money for education with the passage of tobacco and soft drink tax legislation which he recommended. During his term, passage of gasoline taxes made vast highway expansion possible. Free transportation for handicapped people; kindergartens; high school vocational programs; community college and technical school system expansion were accomplishments of his administration. In later years, he returned to state service as the President of the North Carolina Community College System.
Former public offices include: Member, State Board of Conservation and Development (1961-64); Member, North Carolina Seashore Commission (1962-64); Member, Kerr Reservoir Development Commission (1961-64); Lieutenant Governor of North Carolina (1964-68).
Governor Scott has been a member of the North Carolina Farm Bureau Federation, Soil Conservation Society of American, and Master of North Carolina State Grange (1961-63).
Governor Scott chaired the Southern Regional Education Board (1970-71), the Democratic Governors’ Conference (1970-71), and the Education Commission of the States (1971-72). He also was a member of National Governors’ Conference Executive Committee from 1970 to 1971).