Monday, February 4, 2008

Mississippi Politics: Scott Campaign Button from 1907

In going through an old family trunk this weekend, I came across an old Mississippi political campaign button promoting Charles Scott for Governor of Mississippi. The metal button has Scott’s portrait on a bale of cotton.

After finding the old campaign button it was time to research the man Charles Scott.

Charles Scott, an attorney, planter and businessman from Rosedale in Bolivar County ran an unsuccessful bid for Mississippi governor during 1907 when Edmond Favor Noel was elected. Scott’s platform for the governorship of Mississippi included a state program to encourage Italian immigration to Mississippi.

Scott was a close friend of LeRoy Percy of Greenville in Washington County. Born on November 7, 1847 in Mississippi, he died on October 26, 1916. He married Malvina Yerger, daughter of Colonel Alexander Yerger of Washington County on March 10, 1870.

Scott came to Bolivar County during 1868-69 as a young lawyer and became very successful in business and planting. He was the owner of Scott Manor, which was considered at the time to be the “showplace of the Delta.”

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