John Scott (Missouri politician)

John Scott ( born May 18, 1785 Hanover County, Virginia; † October 1, 1861 in Sainte Genevieve, Missouri ) was an American politician. Between 1816 and 1827 he represented first as a delegate to the Missouri Territory and in 1821 as a delegate to the state of Missouri in the U.S. House of Representatives.


In 1802 John Scott came with his parents in the Indiana Territory. Then he studied until 1805 at the Princeton College. After studying law and his 1806 was admitted to the bar he began to work in this profession in Sainte Genevieve later in Missouri. Between August 6, 1816 and the January 13, 1817 Scott was a delegate of the Missouri Territory in Congress in Washington. After an election protest, the mandate was declared vacant. After Scott was then re-elected as Congress delegates, he could exercise the mandate between 4 August 1817 and 3 March 1821.

After the accession of Missouri to the Union Scott was elected as the candidate of the Democratic-Republican Party in the first and then the only constituency of the new state in the U.S. House of Representatives in Washington, where he took up his new post on August 10, 1821. After two re- elections he could remain until March 3, 1827 Congress. Within his party, he joined the movement to President John Quincy Adams, who stood in opposition to the group to his successor Andrew Jackson. From 1825 to 1827 he was Chairman of the Committee for the administration of state property.

In the congressional elections of 1826 John Scott lost to Edward Bates. After his retirement from the U.S. House of Representatives, he retired from politics. In the following years he practiced as a lawyer again. He died on 1 October 1861 in Sainte Genevieve.