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Scott, John F.


Mr. John F. Scott, the oldest active business man in Newport, and a veteran of the Civil War, died very suddenly near his place of business on Long Wharf on Monday, death being due to apoplexy. His body was found by members of the highway department, and he had apparently been stricken while on his way to his shop.

Mr. Scott was in his ninety-first year, having been born in Newport on June 12, 1837. At the outbreak of the Civil War, he enlisted in Company F of the First Rhode Island Volunteers, which company was recruited largely from the Newport Artillery. Upon the expiration of his three months' enlistment, he joined the First Rhode Island Cavalry and served throughout the war.

In April, 1865, Mr. Scott was in Washington and attended the performance at Ford's Theatre on the night that President Lincoln was assassinated. He heard the shot, and saw the assassin Booth leap from the box to the stage, catching his foot in the hangings as he jumped.

After the close of the war, Mr. Scott was a sail maker with the Navy department in Washington, but later returned to Newport, where he opened a sail loft of his own. He was an expert at his trade, and his services were in great demand. He conducted the business until the time of his death, being at his shop each day.

He was a member of Company F Association, but had never joined a Grand Army Post. He is survived by his widow, one son and three daughters.

Newport Mercury, Newport, RI 21 Jan 1928

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