Date Original



This collection contains a diary kept by John R. Homer Scott in 1846 and includes purchases, travels, and family information.

Biographical/Historical Note

John R. Homer Scott was born October 16, 1813, in St. Genevieve, Missouri, to Andrew Scott, former United States judge of Arkansas Territory, and Eliza Jones Scott. The Scott family moved to Arkansas in 1819, eventually settling in Pope County. John Scott married Elizabeth Brown on December 30, 1847. Although he had not studied law, he was elected special judge to the circuit court. He was asked to run for a vacancy in the state legislature, but declined. He served as a Captain in Company A, Scott's Squadron Regiment, Arkansas Cavalry Volunteers, beginning August 3, 1861. He transferred to Brooks Battalion, 2nd Brigade in the Western Division, Confederate States Army, where he served until the end of the Civil War. In 1881, he and B.F. Jobe took over publication of the Russellville Courier-Democrat upon the retirement of J.H. Battenfield. They ran the newspaper until 1883, when they were succeeded by W.L. Morris. Scott died August 23, 1905, in Russellville.

Physical Description

Document, 8.5" x 11"

Geographical Area

Arkansas; Missouri





Resource Type



John Rice Homer Scott diary, SMC.026.023


Arkansas State Archives

Contributing Entity

Arkansas State Archives

Recommended Citation

John Rice Homer Scott diary, Arkansas State Archives, Little Rock, Arkansas.


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