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Biography: David Marshall Scott December 23, 1847

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(December 23, 1847 –

Tuscaloosa and Dallas County, Alabama

David Marshall Scott, merchant and postmaster, was born December 23, 1847, at Tuscaloosa, Tuscaloosa County, Alabama. He was the son of David and Mary Elizabeth (Marshall) Scott grandson of James and Jane Scott of Perry County, and of Francis and Eliza (Howie) Marshall of Kent County, Va. and Hale County; great-grandson of Josiah Marshall who was an officer in Washington’s “Life Guards” during the Revolution, and of John Howie, who was also an officer of the same company.

The Scotts were of Scotch origin of the same family as Sir Walter Scott, the American branch going first into Ireland as dissenters from the Church of England and becoming linen manufacturers. James Scott immigrated to South Carolina and located in Tuscaloosa, April 1817.

David Marshall Scott was educated in the public schools of Alabama and attended Howard college at Marion in 1866; was deputy register in chancery, Dallas County, 1867. He moved to New York City the same year.

He located in Tuscaloosa in 1872 where he merchandised; was alderman 1873-4, then moved to Selma where he was councilman eight years. He was appointed postmaster for Selma by President Roosevelt and reappointed by President Wilson.

He was orderly sergeant Co. F, 62nd Alabama infantry regiment, C. S. Army, 1863-H5; 1st lieutenant, “Dallas Dragoons,” A. N. G.; captain, Rodes-Warrior guards, Tuscaloosa 1872-77; and quartermaster general, 1st brigade, A. N. G. for sixteen years.

He was a Democrat; a Methodist; Mason; Odd Fellow; Knight of Pythias; Knight of Honor; and Owl. On January 24, 1872, at Selma, he married Lillian, (July 10, 1849 – Dec. 14, 1932) daughter of William J. and Louisiana (Rutherford) Norris of that place, the former a native of Madison, Ga., a merchant and banker, the latter the daughter of Col. John Rutherford, a planter of Dallas County and descendant of the Rutherfords of Scotland.

They had the following known children:

  • Lillian O’Neal Scott, (Dec. 18, 1872 – Apr. 11, 1960) m. King Sparks, (July 18, 1878 – Feb. 15, 1964) lived in Atlanta
  • Frank Norris Scott, (January 30, 1878- Jan 8, 1960) m. Mary Thomas Boggs; (July 26, 1882 – Feb. 9. 1954)
  • David Marshall Scott, Jr.(Dec 3, 1881 – October 7, 1918)

David Marshall Scott resided in Selma where he died April 1, 1928. He is buried in Live Oak Cemetery along with his wife and his children.


  • Find A Grave Memorial# 76997573
  • Owen, Thomas McAdory, Owen Marie Bankhead Owen History of Alabama and Dictionary of Alabama Biography, Volume 4, S. J. Clarke publishing Company, 1921

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