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A Family MemVkby Betty V* 

cod NoMe '.44 

The Scott Crest: 

A stag trippant Proper, attired and unguled Or 


The Scott Motto: 

Amo (I love) 

The Scott Name: 

While likely to be Celtic in origin, the exact 
derivation of this name is unclear. The Latin 
word Scotti was used originally to denote 
the Irish Celts and, later, Gaels in general, 
although an early written record of the name 
is accompanied by a Saxon personal name. 
By the end of the 15th century, the Scotts 
were among the most powerful of the Borders 
clans, and the chief could easily call upon a 
thousand spears to support his will. 


A young George Washington 
Scott, circa the Civil War. 

The Story of 
George Washington Scott 


A Family Memoir by 
Betty Pope Scott Noble ] 44 

Dedicated to my father, Milton Candler Scott (1895-2001), 
worthy grandson of Col. George Washington Scott 

Published by the Noble family in cooperation with Agnes Scott College, 2002 

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The author wishes to thank the following for their contributions 
to the development of this book: 

• Mary Brown Bullock '66 who brought Betty Pope Scott Noble's 
story to the attention of the College and stirred interest in the life 
of the founder's mother during her Opening Convocation speech 
for the 1998-1999 academic year. This book continues that story. 

• Christine Cozzens for her thoughtful editing and proofing. 

• Michael Brown for his keen insight about the unique position of 
the Scots-Irish in British and Irish history. 

• Sala Rhodes for her careful management of the College archives 
and her willingness to help at every step of the process. 

• Mary Zimnik of Studio-MZ for design and production. 

Agnes Scott College 

President Mary Brown 

Bullock '66 and the author, 

Betty Pope Scott Noble '44, 

cut a cake that is in the 

likeness of Agnes Scott Hall 

(the oldest building on the 

Agnes Scott College 

campus and otherwise 

known as "Main") on 

the occasion of the 

200th anniversary of 

Agnes Irvine Scott's 

birthday (June 13, 1999). 

Agnes was Col. Scott's 

mother for whom the 

college he founded 

was named. 

George Washington Scott, 1829-1903 

by Betty Pope Scott Noble '44 

When George Washington Scott made a fortune 
in industrial adventures in the 1880s, he went 
to his minister and said, "God has greatly blessed 
me with wealth, and 1 do not want it to harden my heart. 
I want to build a school for the education of young women " 

This was the beginning of Agnes Scott College, a college for 
women, which was named for Scott's mother. At this time no 
great importance was attached to the education of women. Why 
did Scott say he did not want money to harden his heart? Why 
did he want to establish a school to educate young women? 
Scott's amazing life provides some answers to these questions. 

As a youth and in ill health, Scott left his northern home after 
his father died, traveling south in an effort to improve his health 
and to seek his fortune. He began his journey by peddling 
jewelry to pay for his expenses. Scott developed a plantation in 
Florida, cast his lot with the Confederate States in the Civil War, 
became a colonel, fought in some decisive battles, was elected 
governor of Florida during the Reconstruction period and sur- 
vived the yellow fever epidemic in 
which his brother died. While Scott was 
living in Savannah, Georgia, his partner 
in a joint investment firm absconded 
with the company's money. As a result 
of this, Scott was left bankrupt. But in 
time, he paid back every cent with 
interest to the investors who had lost 
their money. In Decatur and Atlanta 
Scott developed the valuable real estate 
he had purchased, establishing a very 
successful fertilizer business and build- 
ing and putting into operation a textile 
mill as well as constructing the Century 
Building. However, his greatest accom- 
plishment was the founding of Agnes 
Scott College in Decatur. 

The Scots-Irish 

After centuries of intermittent effort, the English 
completed their conquest of Ireland in the early 
1600s. In order to establish English influence and 
rule in that solidly Catholic country, King James I 
(a Scot) confiscated the lands of native Irish 
Catholics and offered them to English and Scottish 
Protestants as inducements to settle there, 
particularly in the north in the province of Ulster. 
Lured by this promise of free land, large numbers of 
Scottish Presbyterians moved to Ireland and 
became "Scots-Irish." In County Down, where 
Agnes Irvine was born, the Scots-Irish were the 
dominant group. 

Further hostility between native Catholics and the 
more recently arrived Protestants developed during 
the English Civil War (1640-1649), when the Irish 

was crusTied byl Oliver €<&Mlft&^<Mt{ms**** f/ 
massacres at Wexford and Drogheda. When the 
Dutch Protestant William of Orange ascended the 
yyrEnglish thron.ejn l^p^he.lrish rose ipjsuRp.ortj)f, J , , , . , 

\ defeated the I rish forces at the Battle of the Boyne 

in July, a victory still celebrated today by Protestant 
"Orangemen." Following the victory, the enactment 
of discriminatory laws to punish the Catholics 
deepened the division between the two groups. 

In the eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries, 
the Scots-Irish formed less than 10 percent of the 
total population of Ireland. They lived primarily in 
Ulster. Though faring better than the native 
Catholics, the Scots-Irish suffered discrimination by 
the dominant Anglican group, which controlled the 
parliaments in Dublin and London. In addition to 
these political conditions, like all Irish the Scots- 
., I Irish faced the exigencies of an increasingly 
l densely populated country and a failing economy. 
. Many of them emigrated to North America, espe- 
cially to settlements in Virginia, North Carolina, and 

Image of old postcard of Alexandria, 
Pennsylvania — where George 
Washington Scott was born 

— Contributed by Michael Brown 

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:i' of a rare and recent find — 
Agnes Irvine Scott's Bible, which 

.in inset of her favorite passage 

How did he accomplish all this? What was his motivation, and what were the influences that 
molded such a character: 1 

This is the story of George Washington Scott's accomplishments and of his struggles. Scott 
came through many hard trials, but eventually became a man whose life and generosity 
jlessed many people during his lifetime and continue to bless the lives of hundreds of young 

The story of George Washington Scott began on February 22, 1829, when he was born in the 

tall town of Alexandria, Pennsylvania. This little town is set amid low rolling hills and is 
especially lovely in the fall of the year when the maple trees are in full color. The sparkling 
waters of the Juniata River run through the town and flow directly behind the homes of some 
of the early settlers ' John and Agnes Irvine Scott, Scott's parents, both of Irish descent, 
I lived in a house which bordered the river where many iron factories flourished. 2 

John Scott, Scott's father, had five living children when, at the age of 37, he married Agnes 
i Irvine, a little more than a year after the death of his first wife, Sarah. Agnes was 22 at the 
time of her marriage to John with whom she had seven children of her own, making in 

time a family of 12 children. 2 It is understandable that John Scott chose a young, 

strong Irish girl who could care for his large household. 

George Washington Scott, the fourth child of this marriage, was born into a home of 
some financial means. His father, John 
Scott, a strong Presbyterian, was a 
respected, prosperous gentleman, who 
owned a shoe manufacturing and a 
leather tanning business as well as a large 
|arm. John Scott was a major in the War of 
1812 and later served in both the Pennsyl- 
vania House of Representatives and the 
United States of House of Representatives. 3 

cott's boyhood was spent in Alexandria 
fiere he received his education along with 
the siblings in his family — Susan, John, 
James Irvine, William, Mary Irvine and 
Alfred. 3 Since lames and William died at 
an early age, Scott seemed closer in rela- 
tionship to John, his older brother, than to 
the other siblings. 

As a very young boy in Pennsylvania, George Washington 
Scott wore this sailor suit, hand-made by his mother, 
Agnes, who also hand-wove the material. 

The greatest influence in Scott's home was the strong Christian character and teaching of his 
mother, Agnes Irvine Scott, who had come with her mother, Mary Stitt, from Northern 
Ireland to Alexandria in 1816 Economics and personal tragedies had driven Mary Stitt and 
Agnes to settle with their relatives. 

Agnes's Christian commitment seems to have been the driving force of her life, which so 
strongly influenced her family. The admonition from Proverbs 3:5,6 found written in her own 
hand in her Bible was a reflection of her life and served as a guide to her children as well as to 
Agnes's descendants. The verse reads: 

Trust in the Lord with all thine heart, and lean not unto thine own understanding. 
In all thy ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct thy paths 

Habits of prayer, Bible reading, Christian service and regular attendance at the Presbyterian 
church were an integral part of the home in which George Washington Scott grew up. 3 This 
strong Christian commitment became the very core of Scott's being, and he held to it during 
both the successful and the discouraging times. 

It is told that a young Scott and his neighbor, Rebekah Bucher (who would later become his 1 
wife), were both in attendance at a birthday party. The temptation to take off their shoes and 
wade in the cool waters of the Juniata River was more than the young boys at the party 
could resist. Rebekah expressed to Scott her desire to do as the boys had done. Scott 
discouraged Rebekah, feeling that it was improper for a young girl dressed for a party to 
take off her shoes and stockings and wade with the boys in the river However, Scott 
assured her that after the party he would bring her back to the river's edge so that she 
might wade in the river to her "heart's content " 4 

At about the age of 20 while Scott was working on his father's large farm near the family 
home, he began, from time to time, to feel ill with discomfort in his throat and chest. This ] 
problem continued until, at the age of 2 1 , it was determined that he should leave the North 
and the harsh winter weather of Pennsylvania and travel south to a warmer climate in an 
effort to improve his health. 3 

Unfortunately, just 1 2 days prior to Scott's departure for his journey south, his father, John j 
Scott, died at the age of 66. 3 Agnes Scott, having already lost two young sons, naturally 
was greatly bereaved at the time of her husband's death. Nevertheless, Agnes was deter- 
mined that her son continue with his plan to travel south. 

After packing the jewelry that Scott had purchased to sell to defray his expenses while on j 
his Southern journey, he boarded a steam vessel en route from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 

George Washington 
Scott's Life and Times 

Agnes Irvine Scott (married to 
John Scott in 1821) gives birth to 
George Washington Scott, future 
founder of Agnes Scott College. 

|ohn S 
Washington Scott's father 

Wedding picture of George 
Washington Scott and his wife, 
Rebekah Bucher Scott 

In the United States, riots break 
out between native-born Protes- 
tant workers and Irish Catholic 
immigrant workers in Philadelphia. 


In Ireland, the potato blight 
destroys most of the annual crop, 
leading to the Great Famine. 


1.8 million Irish immigrants arrive 
in North America. 

to Charleston, South Carolina. Scott writes concerning his feelings, "Here I am amongst 
strangers, that there not being one person on board that I have ever seen before. However, it 
was not long until 1 became pretty familiar with several among the numbers." 5 Scott's 
friendliness and warmth of spirit continued to be evident in his relationships with people he 
associated with in the 45 cities he visited in the Southern states. While enjoying new 
acquaintances, Scott also observed the cultivation of cotton, sugar cane, rice and fruit trees 
in the agricultural areas. In Greensboro, Georgia, he became interested in a cotton factory, 
an interest he would pursue in later years. 5 

Scott settled in 1851 in Quincy, Florida, where he lived for about a year in Mr. Bradwell's 
Boarding House for $17 a month. In spite of the warmer climate, Scott continued to 
have discomfort in his throat and chest, and it was during these times that he missed his 
family and friends in Pennsylvania At one such time Scott exclaimed in his diary, "Oh 
how I would like to see my mother!" 

Early in Scott's stay of about a year in Quincy he became friends with two medical 
doctors — Dr Davison and his son Dr. Davison Jr., with whom he talked at length about 
his health problem. The prescription that the elder doctor gave Scott for his condition did 
not seem to alleviate his problem. However, Scott continued to exercise in hopes of 
helping his physical condition, which he did not allow to hinder his activities. 

|Prior to Scott's leaving Quincy he made a month-long trip through Georgia, Alabama, 
Mississippi, Louisiana and Tennessee to observe the plantations of these Southern states. 
Scott was entertained by friends at the time of his departure to Tallahassee, Florida, and 
records in his diary "I feel very sorry to leave all these people. They have been so kind 
to me." 5 

Soon after Scott's arrival in Tallahassee, he began purchasing land for his plantation, and over 
a period of approximately 10 years, he bought more than 1,408 acres of land, a very large 
estate. 6 This property adjoined the present day Agricultural and Mechanical College. 7 
A section of this property was called "Scott's Ditch," where Scott experimented in the uses 
of various fertilizers in the cultivation of his crops. In one year Scott harvested 200 bales of 
cotton. He also had a successful mercantile business in Tallahassee. ~ 

After having settled in Tallahassee on his plantation, Scott, apparently having regained his 
health, returned in 1 854 to Pennsylvania to Bucher's Mill near Chambersburg to claim as his 
bride, Rebekah Poole Bucher, his childhood sweetheart. Over the ensuing years, one son, 
George Bucher, and tour daughters, Annie, Mary ("Mamie"), Nellie and Bessie, were born to 
Scott and his wife. 7 While the children were still young, Rebekah took all of them for a 
family visit back to her home in Pennsylvania. Scott, in Tallahassee, having received an 
unfavorable report from Rebekah concerning the children's behavior, wrote to his wife: 

I am very sorry to learn that the children are not good and give you so much trouble 
... 1 am afraid they have been indulged so much that it will be hard to get them into 
proper habits again. I hope you may be given strength to keep our little ones in the 
way they should go .... I am getting very anxious to see you, my dear little wife, and 
long to be with you and the dear children. 1 am so lonely without you. 8 

With the outbreak of the Civil War in 1861, Scott, although having been born in a 
Northern state, determined to "cast his lot" in active support of the South, because he 
felt that the cause of the Southern states was right. However, it was understood that 
Northerners living in the South were not required to take up arms against either side. 7 

Scott undoubtedly had managed successfully the operation of his large plantation 
with the assistance of hired workmen until the onset of the Civil War. However, 
family records indicate that on October 17, 1862, Scott bought eight slaves in 
Tallahassee for the sum of $500. Records also indicate that on December 30, 1862, 
for $1,000, Scott purchased two more slaves to help with the plantation work while 
he was serving in the Civil War. 9 

As a colonel in the 
calvary of the Confed- 
erate Army, Scott's 
responsibility was to 
keep the Federal 
forces from advancing 
deeper into middle 
Florida. Typically, 
Scott was outnum- 
bered by these forces. 
In a letter to Rebekah 
he described his 
cavalry's effort to 
advance to 
Middleburg, Florida: 
"It rained on us every 
day as we were 
marching through 
water at least one 
third of the way and 
had several creeks to 
cross where our horses 



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Col. Scott saved the money paid to h 
by the Confederate Army in his last six 
months as an officer. 





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John Scott dies at the age of 66. 

Col. Scott's home 

ah Bucher Scott, survived her 
band by many years, shown 

Now a family heirloom worn today by 
great-great grandson and trustee of 
Agnes Scott College, lames Phillips Noble Jr., 
these cufflinks were treasured by Col. Scott. 

had to swim. Of course, we were wet all the time, I have the rheumatism terribly and had to 
be lifted on my horse, but I stick it out though I suffer greatly." I0 

After the Confederate victory in the hard-fought battle of Olustee to which Scott's cavalry 
contributed, the carnage was great. Scott became concerned for his family's safety as he 
realized the strength of the Federal forces. Scott wrote to Rebekah giving her detailed 
instructions as to how she should prepare herself and the household for a 100-mile flight 
into Georgia, should it be necessary. ' ' However, Rebekah remained on the plantation in 
^pite of the danger from the Federal troops, and she managed the plantation until Scott 

s the Federal troops advanced, Scott helped choose the site for the Battle of Natural 
ridge, which was in defense of Tallahassee, the capital of Florida. Scott's battalion was in 
the thick of the battle in which Confederate forces, the militia and the volunteers turned 
back a threatened assault. Scott became a hero, and on returning to Tallahassee, he was 
presented with a horse by a prominent Leon County planter ' ' Professor of history at 
Western Kentucky University Marion Lucas wrote of the historical battle, "It appeared that 
| it was mainly owing to the energetic and stubborn resistance of Colonel G. W Scott with 
his small cavalry that the victory was won." '- 

When the Civil War ended in 1865, apparently Scott intended to continue the plantation life 
in Tallahassee, for during 1865 and 1866 he purchased 440 additional acres to add to his 
already large plantation. " While still in Florida in 1868, Scott ran on the Democratic ticket 
for Governor of Florida. He received an overwhelming vote for the position, but was imme- 
diately ruled out by the carpetbagger regime then in power in Florida. Scott had not wanted 
|o be a candidate and was relieved at the solution l3 As the plantation life began to diminish 
in the South, the Scott household moved in 1870 to Savannah, Georgia, where Scott was 
engaged in a very successful cotton factory and commission business called Kirksey and Scott. 
In this business Scott made a large fortune. The business soon failed, however, and he became 
bankrupt because of the dishonesty of his partner, who confiscated the company's assets in 
this business venture ' ' & 4 

The Scott family moved to Decatur, Georgia, in 1877 with a small sum of money advanced by 
friends and business associates in Savannah who had confidence in Scott's integrity and 

ability. They believed he would succeed again as he had in the past. 3 Over a period of 
time, without condemning his partner in business for the bankruptcy and without any 
help from this man, Scott was able to pay back on his own, with interest, the investors 
in the Kirksey and Scott Company. 4 

No doubt this was an extremely difficult time for Scott, and to add to his pain, his 
brother Alfred Scott, who had also fought in the Civil War, died of yellow fever while 

living in Savannah. Perhaps the yellow fever epidemic in Savannah added to the Scott 
family's decision to leave Savannah in 1877 and move to Decatur. 4 

At the time of the departure, the family was still in financial difficulty. Scott, in order to 
support his family, went through the nearby farms in Decatur threshing wheat for the farmers. 
Rebekah operated a boarding house in Decatur to help supplement the family's income. 4 

Not long after the Scott family's move, Scott began to reap abundant wealth through his 
varied and very prosperous business enterprises. While on the plantation in Tallahassee, Scott 
had experimented successfully with the making of fertilizer from crushed phosphate rock, j 
Having previously purchased land around Peace River near Tampa, and with the help of 
scientists, Scott's land began to yield very large beds of phosphate rock from which fertilizer* 
was made. Scott, having already established the George W. Scott Phosphate and Fertilizer 
Company in Atlanta, was able to add tremendously to his own production of fertilizer 
through his discovery of phosphate on his Florida coastal lands. The Atlanta Constitution 
commented on Scott and his discovery: "Truly he has been a benefactor to both Georgia and 1 
Florida. His prosperity [the phosphate discovery] has come legitimately, and in being blessed 
himself, he has aided in helping others. In Atlanta and vicinity there is no man who enjoys to 
a greater extent the esteem and respect of his fellow citizens." I4 What an enormous blessing 
the fertilizer business proved to be for one who had so recently and undeservedly been forced 
into bankruptcy! 

A while after the sale 
of the fertilizer plant, 
another of Scott's 
successful ventures 
was the building of 
the Century Building 
in Atlanta, an office 
rental building today 
often referred to as 
the Flat Iron Building 
because of its shape. 
This profitable 
enterprise was part of 
Scott's successful 
investment in 
valuable real estate 
around Atlanta and 
Decatur 4 In 1903 
the Scottdale Textile 


3.35 million Irish immigrants arrive 
in North America. 


In the United States, the Civil War 
breaks out, temporarily dividing 
the Scott family. 


in the United States during the 
Reconstruction Era, Southerners 
attempt to rebuild their society. 

& ' 


In Ireland, the Home Rule 
movement is founded. 


Agnes Irvine Scott dies in 
October. She is buried in 
Alexandria. Col. George 
Washington Scott moves from 
Florida to Decatur, Georgia. 


Col. George Washington 

'ii the 
right right and a wide 
assorh hildren, 
grandchildren and great- 


he graves of Stott and his wile, 


Mill was built and operated by Scott in Scottdale, Georgia. This successful venture proved to 
be beneficial to the Scott family in succeeding generations. 4 

From Scott's real estate investment in Decatur, he gave the land on Sycamore 
Street near his own home for the erection of the Decatur Presbyterian Church and 
the church manse. In this church, Scott served as a ruling elder for many years. 

Another real estate venture of Scott's, which proved to be very enjoyable and 
beneficial for his entire family, was the building of Gulf Haven, the large and 
beautiful home located on the gulf of Clearwater, Florida. 4 Perhaps Scott and 
Rebekah's personal happiness reached its zenith as they both, in their later years, 
were able to observe the extended family's enjoyment of being together at lovely 
Gulf Haven. 

Scott's greatest contribution and achievement began in 1889 with the founding of 
Agnes Scott College in Decatur, a college he named in memory and in honor of his 
mother, Agnes Irvine Scott. Agnes Scott College had its early beginning as 
Decatur Female Seminary. Scott subscribed 40 percent of the stock investment of $5,000, 
which was to pay the expenses of the first school year. ' 5 After traveling extensively through 
the eastern United States to see the various educational buildings, Scott planned and paid for 
the erection of the first building, Agnes Scott Hall (now popularly called Main), at a cost of 
$1 1 2,500. At the time of the erection of Agnes Scott Hall, it was the best educational building 
existing m Georgia It was thoroughly furnished to meet the needs of the students. 

Scott paid the deficit of the school from 1 889 until his death in 1903. Also, Scott helped to 
formulate the Agnes Scott Ideal in the school's early years, and he also joined in The Agnes 
Scott Prayer Covenant, which was started in 1897. These two documents represent Scott as a 
Christian at his best. I3 

Dr. Frank H. Gaines, the first president of Agnes Scott College, writes of Scott's comment to 
him concerning prospective students: "I don't want any girl in Decatur, Georgia, who is 
qualified to study in our school to be turned away on account of lack of money. Take those 
students who are worthy and charge the bill to me." I3 

Scott gave to Agnes Scott a total of $175,000. The full effect of his gift to the school was 
[great according to Gaines. "But he did much more than give his money. He gave himself, his 
prayers, his interest, his counsel and his constant support He was a tower of strength to the 
president. With all his power, influence and ability, he stood squarely behind the school .... 
Truly Col. Scott's leadership, support and generosity made Agnes Scott College possible." 15 

Scott's health began to decline in the early 1900s. He spent some time at a health resort at 

Lake Toxaway in North Carolina. Later, Scott was taken to the Elkin-Cooper Sanitarium in 
Atlanta, where he could be cared for by his relative, Dr. Hunter Cooper. As his condition 
grew worse, Scott was moved to a hospital in Atlanta, where he died on October 3, 1903, at 
the age of 74. 4 

At the close of such a worthy life as that of Col. George Washington Scott, these words of his 
close friend, Gaines, seem appropriate: "Col. Scott was easily the first citizen of Decatur, and 
no man stood higher in Atlanta or in the State (of Georgia) than he. He was a man of rare 
ability, of the highest Christian character, of excellent judgment, of broad vision, of great 
generosity and withal modest and quiet. All these things made him a leader. All honor to this 
noble, far-seeing, able, Christian gentleman!" I5 

Author's Notes 

Sources for The Story of George Washington Scott 

(1) Scott family visit to Alexandria, Pennsylvania, 1983, 1989 

(2) Harshbarger, Jean Phillips, "Early History of Scott Family," Alexandria, Pennsylvania 

(3) Alston, Wallace M., "The Significance of the Life of George Washington Scott," booklet 

(4) Oral history of Scott family 

(5) Scott, George Washington, "Diary," Oct. 4, 1850- 
Feb. 20, 1851 

(6) Records of Deeds, Leon County Court House, 
Tallahassee, Florida (date: Jan. 1, 1856 to Oct. 2, 1866) 

(7) Written family history. Tallahassee, Florida, 1851-1870 

(8) Scott, George Washington, letter to Rebekah Bucher 
Scott, May 7, 1866 

(9) Receipts of Sale in Tallahassee, Florida, Oct. 17, 1862 
and Dec. 30, 1862 

(10) Scott, George Washington, letter to Rebekah Bucher 
Scott, Camp Jackson, Florida, Aug. 14, 1864 

(11) Paisley, Clifton, edited, "How to Escape the Yankees," 
Major Scott's letter to Rebekah Bucher Scott, Tallahassee, 
Florida, March 1864 

(12) Lucas, Marion, "The Civil War Career of Colonel 
George Washington Scott," Professor of History, Western 
Kentucky University, Bowling Green, Kentucky 

(13) McCain, Dr. James Ross, Colonel George W. Scott 
speech, Oct. 12, 1952 

(14) The Atlanta Constitution, Atlanta, Georgia, "Money in 
Phosphate" (no date) 

(15) Gaines, Dr. Frank H., "The Story of Agnes Scott 
College" (1889-1912) 

In Britain, Gladstone's second 
attempt to pass a Home Rule bill 
for Ireland passes in the House of 
Commons but fails in the House of 
Lords. The stage is set for another 
era of rebellion in Ireland. 

Colonel George Washington Scott 
dies. He is buried in Decatur. 

Agnes Scott Institute renamed 
Agnes Scott College. 

The extended family of Col. George Washi 
Pennsylvania in 1989 to place a centennial mark* 


Agnes Scott College 

When a small group of Decatur's Presbyterian leaders founded Agnes Scott College in 1889, 
they set out to create a college with "a liberal curriculum fully abreast of the best institu- 
tions of this country." The school opened its doors in a rented house with slightly more 
than $5,000 capital There were four teachers educating 63 students at the grammar school level. 

Col. George Washington Scott, who had provided forty percent of the initial capital, saw the 
school's continued need and offered the largest gift to education in Georgia up to that time to 
provide a home for the school. To recognize this gift, the Board of Trustees renamed the school in 
honor of Col. Scott's mother, Agnes Irvine Scott, whom he credited "for all the good impulses of 
[his] heart and for all [his] hopes for the future." 

The quest for the highest academic standards envisioned by the founders was quickly realized, and 
Agnes Scott's reputation in the broader academic community grew stronger with each year. Within 
ten years, the school gained accreditation as a secondary school. In 1906, it was chartered Agnes 
Scott College and awarded its first degrees. Agnes Scott was the first college in Georgia to receive 
regional accreditation from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (1907) and in 1920 
earned the approval of the Association of American Universities. The United Chapters of Phi Beta 
Kappa granted the College its charter — the second in Georgia — in 1 926. Agnes Scott is a charter 
member of both the American Association of University NX/omen and the Southern University 

Agnes Scott's alumnae have gone on to make history in their own ways. They include Georgia's first 
female Rhodes Scholar, a South Carolina state supreme court justice, the first woman to be ordained 
a minister in the Presbyterian Church (USA), a Poet Laureate of Alabama, and the first woman to 
chair the Federal Commodity Futures Trading Commission. 



■. V. 

Scott Family Members 
of the Agnes Scott College 
Board of Trustees 

George Washington Scott (18891903) 

Charles Murphey Candler (1889-1935) 

George Buchei Scott (18961920) 

Milton A. Candler (1896-1909) 

lames Indus Scott (1920-1976) 

Bessie Scott Harmon, Institute (1917-1937) 

• Scott Candler (1924 1972) 
Allie Candler Guy '13 (1929-1930) 
Hansford Sams )r. (1970-1984) 
George Scott Candler |r (1972-1992) 
Betty Pope Scott Noble '44 (1984 1994) 
lames Wallace Daniel (1992-present) 
Clark E. Candler (1992-present) 
lames Phillips Noble |r. (2001 present) 

Scott family members gather on June 13, 1999 for the 200th anniversary of the birthday of 
Agnes Irvine Scott (in portrait at far right), mother of George Washington Scott and namesake 
of Agnes Scott College. 


(left to right) 
James Wallace Daniel 
Adelaide Sams Propst 
David Wilkinson 
Clark E. Candler Jr. 
James Phillips Noble Jr. 
Hansford Sams Jr. 
Nancy Scott 
David Scott 
Scott Ward 
Henderson Ward 
Amy Gough 
Mark McLeod 
B.J. Candler 


(left to right) 
Agnes Milton Scott 
Betty Sams Daniel 
Betty Scott Noble 
Terry Candler 
Lisa Ward 
Rebekah Candler Ward 


(left to right) 
Milton Candler Scott 
(deceased August 2001) 
Betty Pope Scott Noble '44 


The Author 

James Phillips Noble |r., who is a 

political consultant from Charleston, 

South Carolina, is the author's son 

and a great-great grandson of 

ott and presently serves 

on the Agnes Scott College 

Board of Tru' 

The author, Betty Pope Scott Noble '44, is pictured 

next to a portrait of her great-grandfather, 

George Washington Scott. 


In 1999 she wrote, "The Story oj Agnes Irvine Scott, 
1799- 1877" — a memoir of the person for whom 
Agnes Scott College is nn 

Betty Scott Noble, right at age four, the author's 

daughter and great-great granddaughter of 

Col. George Washington Scott, stands before his 

home, Gulf Haven. Betty, left, now with a Ph.D. in 

psychology, enjoys her private practice and 

teaching at Agnes Scott College. 

The Scott Tartans 

There is no clearer symbol of Scottish identity than 
that of the tartan. The popularity of tartan fabric 
guarantees its use in a variety of applications, but, 
appealing as it may be, over centuries its underlying 
significance is to indicate clan — or family — allegiance. 




All four of the Scott family tartans are shown in this 
book. The tartan on the far right, on the front cover, 
is the Scott Red tartan. Scott Red and the Scott Green 
tartan (shown on this page, far left) are the modern 
tartans whose strong, vivid colors are made possible 
by today's chemical dyes. The other Scott family 
tartans are the Scott Green W, or weathered, (in 
center) and the Scott Green A, or ancient, tartans 
(at right on this page). These ancient colors duplicate 
the shades produced by weavers when dyes were 
exclusively made from vegetables, herbs and berries. 
Weathered and ancient, or muted, colors approximate 
the appearance of tartan cloth dyed with the organic 
dyes and faded by years of Highland weather. 

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