Rev. John Scott, D.D.


REV. JOHN SCOTT, D.D., pastor of the Methodist Protestant church at New Cumberland has been distinguished through life as a minister, author and editor in the interests of his church. He was born in Washington county, Penn., October 27, 1820, a son of John Scott. The latter was born in county Donegal, Ireland, February 9, 1783, and emigrated to America in 1819, settling in Washington county, where he was engaged in farming until his death, December 19, 1833. He married Frances Carson, also a native of county Donegal, born May 19, 1782. She died August 1, 1875, in her ninety-fourth year. Their son, John Scott, spent his early life on the farm and at the age of nineteen began to study for the ministry, with private tutors. When twenty-two years old he united with the Pittsburgh conference of the Methodist Protestant church, and has been a member of that conference since September, 1842, attending during that period forty-seven annual conference meetings. Dr. Scott was editor of the Methodist Recorder, the official church organ of his denomination from 1864 to 1870 and from 1879 to 1888 and while in that position up to 1884 was author of "Pulpit Echoes, or Brief Miscellaneous Discourses", published in Cincinnati in 1873; "The Land of Sojourn, or Sketches of Patriarchal Life and Times", published at Pittsburgh in 1880. In 1852-3-4 he was editor of the Missionary and Sunday School Journal, published in Pittsburgh, and in 1873-4 edited the Home Companion, published at Cincinnati and Pittsburgh. Dr. Scott began his pastoral duties at New Cumberland, where, after forty-seven years of faithful and distinguished service, he finds himself again. But the circumstances of his residence are very much altered from the time when he had here a circuit of which he made the round once in four weeks. The honorary title of Doctor of Divinity was bestowed upon Mr. Scott by Washington college in 1860. On July 2, 1846, Dr. Scott was married to Margaret, daughter of William and Sarah Hunter, of Washington, Penn., and to this union four children have been born: William Andrew, a prominent attorney of Springfield, Ohio; Charles A., in real estate business at San Diego, Cal.; James H., a printer, of Cincinnati, Ohio and Albert R., a farmer in Washington county, Penn.

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