Scott Field (Texas politician)

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Scott Field
United States Congressman
Texas 6th Congressional District
In office
1903–1907
Preceded by Dudley Goodall Wooten
Succeeded by Rufus Hardy
Senator
Texas Senate, District 14
In office
1887–1891
Preceded by James S. Perry
Succeeded by James M McKinney
County Attorney
Robertson County
In office
1878–1882
Personal details
Born (1847-01-26)January 26, 1847
Canton, Mississippi
Died December 30, 1931(1931-12-30) (aged 84)
Calvert, Texas
Resting place Calvert Cemetery
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Victoria Lucky
1874–1877 (her death)

Lucy Garrett Randolph

1878–1903 (her death)

Maude Harlan Green

Children by Lucy Randolph
Thomas
Scott
Eugene
Residence Calvert, Texas
Alma mater University of Virginia
Charlottesville
Profession Attorney
Teacher
Military service
Allegiance Confederate States Army
Unit Harvey Scouts
Major General W.H. Jackson’s division
Battles/wars 1864 Atlanta Campaign

Scott Field (January 26, 1847 – December 20, 1931) was an American politician who represented Texas in the United States House of Representatives from 1903–1907.

Biography[edit]

Field was born in Canton, Mississippi. He attended the McKee School in Madison County, Mississippi.

Military service[edit]

During the American Civil War, Field enlisted in the Confederate States Army as a member of the Harvey Scouts. Later, he served in Major General W.H. Jackson’s division, Forrest's Command, composed of Ross's Texas Brigade and Armstrong's Tennessee Brigade (cavalry).[1][2][3] According to C.E. Holmes in an affidavit in Field's pension application, Field served in the Atlanta Campaign of 1864 commanded by John Bell Hood.

Education and law practice[edit]

After the war, Field attended the University of Virginia at Charlottesville, where he graduated in 1868. He returned to Mississippi and taught school for two years while studying law. Field was admitted to the Mississippi Bar in 1871.[4]

Scott Field moved to Calvert, Texas in 1872 and opened a private law practice.

Career in public service[edit]

He was the prosecuting attorney of Robertson County, Texas 1878–1882. Field also served in the Texas Senate 1887–1891 and was a delegate to the Democratic National Convention in 1892. During his term in the Texas State Senate, he was the lead sponsor of a law to ban convict labor, a practice thought of as a second incarnation of slavery, as it routinely involved rounding up minorities on false misdemeanor charges and putting them to work during harvest season.

Field was elected as a Democrat to the Fifty-eighth and Fifty-ninth Congresses (March 4, 1903 – March 3, 1907). He was not a candidate for reelection in 1906 to the Fiftieth Congress. After leaving Congress, he resumed the practice of law until 1913, when he engaged in extensive agricultural pursuits.

Later years and Confederate pension[edit]

Soldier's Application for a Confederate Pension, #49968, State of Texas, was filed by Scott Field, Sr., July 13, 1931.[3] It was approved the same date. In the application, Field stated that he had enlisted from Canton, Mississippi and served from September 1863 until the end of the war. The application contains a letter from Joe Y. McNutt, County Judge of Robertson County, to the Hon. Geo. H. Sheppard, Comptroller of Public Accounts, Austin, Texas, July 11, 1931, stating that Field was completely blind and aided by an attendant. McNutt testified to Field's character and stated that Field had suffered financial reverses in recent years.

Personal life[edit]

Scott Field was the son of Henry and Jane (Bates) Field.[4] of Canton, Mississippi.

He married three times. Field married Victoria Lucky on December 13, 1874, and she died on February 21, 1877,[5] at the age of 26. He married Lucy E. Garrett Randolph on June 6, 1878. Lucy was the widow of George F. Randolph. Scott and Lucy had three sons, Thomas, Scott and Eugene. Lucy died on August 20, 1903.[6] Upon her death, he married the widow Maude Harlan Green.[4] According to his application for a Confederate pension, his wife was "not living" at the time of the application. His death certificate mentions his wife at the time of death was "Mrs. Maude H. Field" and does not say she was deceased.

Death[edit]

Scott Field died in Calvert, Texas on December 30, 1931 of cerebral thrombosis at the home of his son Tom Field[3] and was buried in Calvert Cemetery.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Benner, Judith Ann: Ross's Brigade C.S.A. from the Handbook of Texas Online. Retrieved 27 June 2010. Texas State Historical Association
  2. ^ "2nd Mississippi Partisan Rangers Cavalry". Mississippi Division, Sons of Confederate Veterans. Retrieved 27 June 2010. 
  3. ^ a b c "Scott Field-Lucy E. Garrett Randolph". Family Tree Maker. Retrieved 26 June 2010. 
  4. ^ a b c Hailey, James R: Scott Field from the Handbook of Texas Online. Retrieved 26 June 2010. Texas State Historical Association
  5. ^ "Victoria Field final resting place". Find A Grave. Retrieved 26 June 2010. 
  6. ^ "Lucy Field final resting place". Find A Grave. Retrieved 26 June 2010. 

External links[edit]

 This article incorporates public domain material from websites or documents of the Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.

United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
Dudley Goodall Wooten
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Texas's 6th congressional district

1903–1907
Succeeded by
Rufus Hardy