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Robert W. Scott

Robert Walter "Bob" Scott
67th Governor of North Carolina
In office
January 3, 1969 – January 5, 1973
Lieutenant Hoyt Patrick Taylor, Jr.
Preceded by Dan K. Moore
Succeeded by James Holshouser
25th Lieutenant Governor of North Carolina
In office
January 8, 1965 – January 3, 1969
Governor Dan K. Moore
Preceded by Harvey Cloyd Philpott
Succeeded by Hoyt Patrick Taylor, Jr.
Personal details
Born (1929-06-13)June 13, 1929
Haw River, North Carolina
Died January 23, 2009(2009-01-23) (aged 79)
Haw River, North Carolina
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Jessie Rae Scott (1951-2009) his death
Children five children
Alma mater North Carolina State University
Profession Farmer, college administrator, politician
Religion Presbyterian

Robert Walter "Bob" Scott (June 13, 1929 – January 23, 2009) was the 67th Governor of the state of North Carolina from 1969 to 1973. He was born in Haw River, North Carolina.

The son of North Carolina Governor W. Kerr Scott, and grandson and nephew of state legislators, Scott was a dairy farmer before being elected to the post of Lieutenant Governor in 1964 and that of Governor in 1968. In May 1969, during his term as Governor, racial violence at North Carolina Agricultural & Technical State University, a predominantly black campus in Greensboro, resulted in one student death, and the injury of a National Guardsman, five Greensboro police officers and two students.[1]

Constitutionally barred from seeking another term, he later served as co-chairman of the Appalachian Regional Commission and as President of the North Carolina Community College System, from 1983 until 1995. Scott unsuccessfully ran for Governor in 1980, losing in the Democratic primary.[2]

His daughter, Meg Scott Phipps, was elected North Carolina's commissioner of agriculture in 2001.

Scott was honored in 2008 by the North Carolina Society for preserving state archives and historic artifacts and his efforts to increase awareness of the state's history.[3]

Scott died in 2009 at the age of 79[4] and is buried in Hawfields Presbyterian Church Cemetery in Mebane, North Carolina.

His father's farm and birthplace, the Kerr Scott Farm, was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1987.[5]


  1. ^ Christensen, Rob. "Former Gov. Bob Scott dies", The News & Observer, January 23, 2009
  2. ^ "NC Governor -- D Primary, 1980". Retrieved 2009-01-23. 
  3. ^ Abernethy, Michael D. (June 29, 2008). "Scott honored for preservation work". Henderson Times News. 
  4. ^ "Former governor Bob Scott dies". News and Observer. 2009-01-23. Archived from the original on January 26, 2009. Retrieved 2009-01-23. 
  5. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places.  

External links

  • News & Observer profile
  • NC Spin profile
  • UNC-TV: Biographical Conversations with Bob Scott
  • Oral Histories of the American South Interviews with Robert W. (Bob) Scott:
    • September 18, 1986
    • February 4, 1998
    • February 11, 1998
    • April 4, 1990
Political offices
Preceded by
Harvey Cloyd Philpott
Lieutenant Governor of North Carolina
Succeeded by
Hoyt Patrick Taylor, Jr.
Preceded by
Dan K. Moore
Governor of North Carolina
Succeeded by
James Holshouser
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