Biographical Sketches of Leading Citizens
Lawrence County Pennsylvania 1897


[p. 73] a resident of Mahoningtown, and an employee of the P. & W. R. R., is a native of Keene, N. H., where he was born March 6, 1859. His parents were Benjamin and Caroline (Smith) Scott, the latter born in Londonderry, Vt., July 30, 1825, a daughter of Hiram Smith, a farmer of the Green Mountain State, who was born in 1800, and died at the age of seventy-five. Benjamin Scott was born in Craftsbury, Vt., Aug. 2, 1824, and was a contractor of railroad work the most of his life. He had contracts in all of the States east of the Mississippi River, and in a period of thirty years moved his family thirty-one times. At the outbreak of the war, he was in North Carolina, and lost all of his property because of the war. When peace was established, he worked for the Fort Wayne R. R. at Wooster, Clinton and Massillon, Ohio, and in 1871 went to Arkansas, and from there to Maryland. He then prepared the road-bed for the Pittsburg & Allegheny R. R. In 1873, he ceased his work as a contractor, and bought a farm and hotel at Eden Mills, Vt., where he resided until the death of his wife. He then sold his property in the Green Mountain State, and made his home in Wooster, Ohio, from which he moved to Oakmont, Pa., where he lived until his death in 1889. To our subject's parents were born six children, of whom only two are living now; the record reads as follows: Clara, deceased; John, deceased; two that died in infancy; A. Talcott, the subject of this brief personal history; and Nellie, who lives in Vermont.

Our subject's childhood and youth knew no special locality as home, for it was spent in some thirteen States, in which his father was at various times engaged in railroad work; he attended school in Pennsylvania, Ohio, and Vermont. At the early age of twelve he began work with his father, and was associated with him from then until the latter's retirement from active work in contracting. From the time already indicated, when father and son ceased contracting, Mr. Scott lived in Vermont until 1882, when he came to Pennsylvania, and has been connected with work on the railroad in Oakmont, Youngstown, and Akron, Ohio. Since 1886, he has been in the employ of the P. & W. R. R., and has had his residence in Mahoningtown, where he has won an enviable position in the minds of his fellow-citizens, and bears an unblemished record for integrity and faithful performance of duties. He is an enthusiastic advocate of organization in railroad circles, and holds a membership in Anchor Lodge, No. 217, Order of Railway Conductors.

He was joined in marriage Sept. 3, 1882, to Ella O'Brian, who was born in Montgomery, Vt., a daughter of Thomas and Isabel (Stratton) O'Brian. One child, A. Talcott, Jr., is the sole issue of this union. Mrs. Scott is a member of the Presbyterian Church. Mr. Scott is affiliated with the Democratic party in his political views, and takes a lively interest in local matters of interest. He is a member of Amazon Lodge, No. 336, Knights of Pythias, of Mahoningtown.

Biographical Sketches of Leading Citizens Lawrence County Pennsylvania
Biographical Publishing Company, Buffalo, N.Y., 1897

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