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1890 Biographical and Historical Memoirs of Story County, Iowa

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throng, and said: Most Worshipful Grand Master, if this is a free fight I would like to pitch in.' The Kentucky vernacular was understood, and the inimitable Sanford, Grand Master, responded: Go in.' For the space of five minutes ,words sweet as incense fell upon the ears of a silent auditory. When the stranger had finished he was no longer a stranger, for we took him to our hearts at once. Such was Scott's introduction to Iowa Masons. He settled at Nevada, a lodge was organized there, and Brother Scott appeared at the next communication of the Grand Lodge as the representative of No. 99, which owes much of its continued prosperity to his first work. In 1857 we hear of him as eminent commander of Des Moines Commandery, and honors crowded on him rapidly. He was elected Senior Grand Warden in 1859, appointed Deputy Grand Master in 1867, and was elected Grand Master in 1869 and again in 1870. He was first custodian in 1860. His absence in the war broke in upon the continuity of his labors and Masonic service. Of his work as Grand Master we need not now speak; the brethren know his record as well as we. He was first initiated, passed and raised in Wingate Lodge No. 161, Kentucky. He received the capitular degrees in Sharpsburg Chapter No. 109, they being tendered with his fees and dues, in return for the gratuitous education of the orphans of a former beloved member. He was knighted at Hickman, Ky., under the hand of the Eminent Sir Robert Morris ; received the Royal and Select Masters' degrees at Baltimore, Md., and, if he pleases, writes at the end of his name 32,' as the symbol of his position in the Scottish Rite, which he received at the hands of Illustrious Albert G. Mackey, of Charleston, S. C., then Grand Secretary and Treasurer of the Southern jurisdiction." As seen above, Mr. Scott became a citizen of Story County in 1856. He had previously purchased an interest in the forty acres which he soon platted as Scott's Addition to Nevada. He opened an office for law and land business, but at that time the cases for the former were mostly of a trifling nature, and the labor and confinement irksome. He gave the most of his attention to the land interests, which occupation was more agreeable to his tastes and promised better returns. He was soon recognized as one to take an active part in public affairs, and in 1857 was tendered the support of the Republican County Convention as a member of the House of Representatives. This proved to be equivalent to an election, but he declined it. In 1859 he was elected a member of the Senate of the Eighth General Assembly from the counties of Boone, Hamilton, Hardin and Story. The business of the session of 1860 was important, including the revision of the entire code. Among the members of the Senate and House were James F. Wilson, W. F. Coolbaugh, Alvin Saunders, John W. Rankin, John F. Dancombe, Cyrus Bussey, Nat. Baker, Thomas S. Wilson, H. C. Caldwell, and numerous others who have illustrated the history of this and other States, in war, in council, at the bar and on the bench. The extra session of 1861 was called to provide for Iowa's share in the defense of the nation. Because of his supposed experience in the War of 1846, his neighbors who volunteered looked to Mr. Scott to lead them, and Gov. Kirkwood was kind enough to suggest the command of a regiment. The latter he declined in favor of those supposed to have a military education, but in the emergency yielded to the pressure of public opinion, left a wife and babes and a seat in the Senate for "three years or during the war." He entered the service in May, 1861, as captain of Company E, Third Iowa Volunteer Infantry, and upon the organization

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