Bob Scott: Timeline

1750s: Mary Scott’s (Bob’s mother) family, the Whites, settle in the Hawfields area.

1755: Hawfields Presbyterian Church is organized.

1780s: The Scott family settles in the Hawfields area.

1888: Robert Walter Scott (Bob Scott’s grandfather) is elected as a Representative in the General Assembly at the age of 27. He will serve for 5 sessions.

1896: William Kerr Scott is born to Robert Walter and Elizabeth Hughes in Haw River, NC.

1900: R.W. Scott is elected to the state Senate; he serves one term.

1901: R.W. Scott is appointed by Governor Aycock to the State Board of Agriculture. He was appointed by six succeeding governors.

1902: The two-room schoolhouse opens in Hawfields. It is the building where Kerr and Robert will attend school.

1917: W. Kerr graduates from NC State University.

1918: W. Kerr joins the Army. He is discharged before entering officer training school because WWI ends.

1919: W. Kerr marries Mary Elizabeth White. They have 3 children Osborne, Mary, and Robert.

1920: W. Kerr is Farm Agent, Alamance County, working with local farmers to improve farming methods.

1928: R.W. Scott is again elected to the state Senate, and resigned from the Board of Agriculture.

1929: R.W. Scott dies. Robert Walter Scott, II (Bob) is born in Haw River.

1930: W. Kerr elected Master of the NC State Grange.

1934: W. Kerr serves as regional director of the Farm Debt Adjustment Program, in the Dept. of Agriculture’s Resettlement Administration.

1936: W. Kerr is elected State Commissioner of Agriculture. He will be elected 3 times.

1938: W. Kerr Scott is awarded the Man of the Year award from Progressive Farmer.

1940: W. Kerr and Ralph Stevens found the Chittlin Club.

1944: Ralph H. Scott (Kerr’s brother) serves two terms as county commissioner.

1947: Bob Scott attends Duke studying pre-med.

1948: W. Kerr is elected the “Go Forward” Governor of NC.

1949: W. Kerr appoints Frank Porter Graham to the Senate to fill a seat vacated by the death of J. Melville Broughton.

1950: Frank Porter Graham is defeated in his run for the Senate seat he is filling by Willis Smith.

1951: Bob Scott marries Jessie Rae Osborne. Ralph H. Scott is elected to the state Senate and will serve until 1980.

1952: Bob Scott graduates from NC State with a degree in Animal Industry.

1953: Bob Scott is drafted into the army and serves in Japan in the Counter Intelligence Corps.

1954: W. Kerr is elected U.S. Senator to fill a Senate seat left by the death of Willis Smith.

1956: Hawfields Presbyterian Church is awarded the Rural Church of the Year award from the NC State Grange.

1958: W. Kerr dies suddenly one week after a heart attack.

1959: Bob and Jessie Rae are voted one of 5 outstanding Young Grange Couples in the nation.

1961: Bob Scott is elected Master of NC Grange. He steps down in 1963 to assess his chances of running for governor.

1963: Bob Scott is NC chairman of the United Forces for Education; he resigns to run for lieutenant governor.

1964: Bob Scott is elected Lt. Governor of NC. He is selected to head the national campaign organization Rural Americans for Johnson and Humphrey.

1968: Bob Scott is elected governor of NC.

1971: Bob Scott is elected to serve a one-year term as chairman of the Southern Regional Education Board. He also serves as vice-chairman of the Democratic National Committee.

1972: Mary White Scott dies at Duke Hospital from complications from pneumonia. Bob acceps the position of executive vice president of the NC Agribusiness Council, Inc., and he also is mentioned as a possible candidate as president of Elon College but is never seriously considered for it.

1974: Bob Scott is asked by ECU to become vice chancellor but turns down the offer. He serves as president of the board of directors for a retirement home at the Hawfields Presbyterian Church that his mother donated the land for.

1975: Bob is one of 130 people suggested to be the next chancellor of NC State. He, Charles Barbour (former executive director of the state Democratic Party) and former Lt. Gov. Pat Taylor form the Governmental Relations and Assistance Group.

1976: Jessie Rae Scott runs unsuccessfully for Commissioner of Labor. Bob Scott and Barbour work for Lt. Gov. Jimmy Green’s campaign.

1977: President Carter nominates Bob as the federal cochairman of the Appalachian Regional Commission.

1979: Bob publicly blames Gov. Jim Hunt for not making sure he is hired as president of the NC community college system. Dr. Larry Blake is hired instead. Bob also resigns from the Appalachian Regional Commission and announces his run for governor against Governor Jim Hunt in the Democratic primary.

1980: Scott loses the primary to Governor Hunt, and Ralph Scott loses his re-election bid for state Senate.

1982: Bob Scott and political ally Benjamin E. Roney open a lobbying firm in Raleigh. Scott sells his herd to a cousin and rents out most of his farmland.

1983: Bob Scott is chosen as president of the community college system after Dr. Blake resigns.

1985: Scott says he wishes someone would ask him to run for Senate against Jesse Helms, but no one does, so he decides not to run.

1987: Bob Scott receives the University Award from UNC.

1992: Meg Scott Phipps runs unsuccessfully for the state House of Representatives.

1994: Bob Scott retires as president of the community college system.

1996: Bob Scott receives the North Carolina Award for Public Service.

1997: Bob Scott is appointed to a committee to make recommendations on campaign finance reform.

1999: Bob Scott signs a letter urging lawmakers to oppose a lottery.

2000: Bob Scott is named honorary campaign co-chairman of the NCCBI campaign for the higher education bond package, along with governors Jim Hunt, Jim Martin and Jim Holshouser, all who discuss the politics at the Emerging Issues Forum. In addition, Meg Scott Phipps is elected as Commissioner of Agriculture.

2001: Governor Mike Easley appoints Bob Scott to the tax loophole commission.

2002: Meg Scott Phipps decides to award the State Fair amusement contract to Amusements of America over Strates Shows, both of whom contributed to her campaign. That same year, her campaign is found guilty of making and receiving illegal campaign contributions and is fined $130,000.