John Morin SCOTT, Congress, NY (1730-1784)


SCOTT, John Morin, a Delegate from New York; born in New York City in 1730; attended the common schools; was graduated from Yale College in 1746; studied law; was admitted to the bar in 1752 and commenced practice in New York City; one of the founders of the Sons of Liberty; alderman 1756-1761; member of the New York General Committee in 1775; member of the Provincial Congress 1775-1777; brigadier general in the Revolutionary War; member of the committee to draw up a constitution for the state of New York in 1776; elected associate justice of the supreme court of New York in 1777, but declined to accept the position; member of the state senate 1777-1782; secretary of state of New York 1778-1784; Member of the Continental Congress 1780 and 1782; died in New York City September 14, 1784; interment at the north entrance of Trinity Church.


Dillon, Dorothy Rita. The New York Triumvirate; A Study of the Legal and Political Careers of William Livingston, John Morin Scott, William Smith, Jr. 1949. Reprint, New York: AMS Press, [1968].

Source: Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, 1771-Present