George Montgomery Scott

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Painting of George Montgomery Scott from the Salt Lake City and County Building.

George Montgomery Scott (July 27, 1835 – November 19, 1915) was a U.S. politician and entrepreneur, notable for being the first non-Mormon mayor of Salt Lake City, Utah. He was a member of the Liberal Party and served as mayor of Salt Lake City from 1890 to 1892.

Scott was not a native of Utah, but was born in Chazy, New York to a merchant father. He followed his father's footsteps, and eventually found his way to California during the gold rush, opening a hardware store in San Francisco. In 1871 he was drawn to Utah for similar reasons, with the opening of mines along the Wasatch Range. He soon opened George M. Scott Hardware Company in Salt Lake City. The company grew and changed, the most impressive evidence of its prosperity was the Scott Building built in downtown on Main Street in 1888.

In the 1890 election Scott defeated Spencer Clawson to be elected mayor of Salt Lake City.


The Salt Lake Tribune triumphantly declares a Liberal Party victory in Salt Lake City.
Political offices
Preceded by
Francis Armstrong
Mayor of Salt Lake City
Succeeded by
R. N. Baskin