Scott, W. A. (William Anderson), 1813-1885

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Presbyterian clergyman and educator.

From the description of W. A. Scott papers, 1842-1963. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 70980968


William Anderson Scott was born on January 31, 1813 and received a license to preach when he was seventeen. He later attended Cumberland College, took his degree at Princeton Theological Seminary and was ordained by the Presbytery of Louisiana and Arkansas; he was elected president of the Seminary at Nashville and served as pastor at the Hermitage Church on the estate of Andrew Jackson.

Dr. Scott was called to San Francisco in 1854 to organize the Calvary Presbyterian Church, which grew into one of the largest congregations in the city. When the Civil War came, his southern sympathies brought him into conflict with members of his congregation, and he left California to travel abroad. On his return to the United States, he accepted a temporary post in New York City. In 1870 he answered another call to San Francisco where he organized and edited the Pacific Expositor, helped found San Francisco City College and the San Francisco Theological Seminary at San Anselmo, and wrote several religious books.

From the guide to the William A. Scott Papers, 1830-1885, (The Bancroft Library)

Role Title Holding Repository
Relation Name
associatedWith Baker, James Scott. person
associatedWith Drury, Clifford Merrill, 1897-1984. person
correspondedWith Hancock, Winfield Scott, 1824-1886 person
correspondedWith Jackson, Andrew, 1767-1845 person
correspondedWith Mitchell, William G. person
associatedWith Online Archive of California. corporateBody
associatedWith San Francisco Committee of Vigilance of 1856. corporateBody
correspondedWith Scott, Anna Nicholson, 1811-1888 person
associatedWith Surratt, Mary E. (Mary Eugenia), 1820-1865. person
associatedWith Tower, Luther Field. person
associatedWith Wetherbee, Nellie Merrill. person
correspondedWith Wright, Horatio Gouverneur, 1820-1899 person
Place Name Admin Code Country
New York (State)
Presbyterian Church--Clergy
Presbyterian church--History


Birth 1813-01-31

Death 1885-01-14




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