1878 Farmington Twp., Van Buren County, IA
Biographical Directory of Citizens

Scott, Oliver H. P.,

farmer, Sec. 35; P.O. Farmington; born in Washington Co., Ohio, March 3, 1815; lived there eleven years; moved to Morgan Co., Ohio, and    lived there thirty years; while there was contractor of public works, canal, railroad and river improvements, he then came to this county; was engaged in the    improvement of the Des Moines River, at Croton, Bentonsport and at this place; owns 700 acres of land in this and Bonaparte Tp.; 400 acres of this land is underlaid with coal; raises considerable stock; owns the right to the water-power of the Des Moines River at this point. Is a member of the Legislature to the Seventeenth General Assembly. Served in the late war as Captain of Co. B, 3d I. V. C.; was soon promoted Major of the regiment, and served as such until the surrender of Vicksburg; was promoted to the colonelcy of the 48th I. V. I.; participated in thirty-one engagements, was requested to take charge of Government works at Nashville, Tenn., employing 1,500 men; was appointed Assessor of Internal Revenue of First Iowa District. Married May 16, 1843, to Miss Ellen D. Fay; she was born in Watertown, Jefferson Co., N. Y., May 16, 1822; they have three children--Straughn F., Charles H. and George D., aged respectively 34, 28 and 26. Col. Scott was one of the contractors .