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This Day in Georgia History

May 02, 1899

William J. Scott Died

Minister, author, and publisher William J. Scott died in Atlanta, Georgia. Scott was a devout Methodist who ministered to Georgians in many different areas of the state, holding various positions in eleven locations in Georgia throughout his career. He also did newspaper work in LaGrange and Rome. He was working at a church in Atlanta when the Civil War broke out; here he helped organize and operate hospitals for soldiers, eventually becoming director of the Georgia Hospital Association. After the war he began publishing Scott’s Monthly Magazine, a vehicle for writers that had a successful four year run and published a number of the state’s writers, most notably Sidney Lanier. Scott himself published several works including Southside Views (1883), From Lincoln to Cleveland and Other Short Studies in History and General Literature (1886), Biographical Etchings of Ministers and Laymen of the Georgia Conferences (a church history, 1895), and an autobiographical work - Seventy-one Years in Georgia (1897).