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Levi Frisbe Scott


Levi F. Scott was born in Bethlehem, Conn., Nov. 11, 1818. He had only a common school education; has always been a farmer, and always lived, and now lives, on the same farm on which his father, grandfather, and great-grandfather lived. He had, in his youth, only limited means; but by his energy and perseverance, he has worked himself up to the top of a farmerís calling. At the age of eighteen he was enrolled in an infantry company in his own town, was chosen corporal, and went up, step by step, to be captain of the company, which office he held for several years. He had the best drilled company in his regiment, and, at a meeting of the officers, he was chosen colonel, but declined the office. He was, however, strongly urged by his superior officers to accept, as he owed the honor to the regiment and the regiment owed the same to him, but he still declined.

At the age of twenty-one he joined the Congregational society, and has been a faithful worker in it over fifty years, and has held many of its offices of trust. Soon after joining the society he also united with the church, and has always maintained an exemplary Christian life. On Nov. 11, 1850, he married Miss Emiline Young, a near relative of the late Governor Young of New York. Mrs. Scott died Jan. 21, 1890, deeply mourned by all who knew her. She left one son and one daughter, both of whom are still living. In 1880 Mr. Scott was invited by Secretary T. S. Gold to deliver a lecture on "Farm Life" before the state board of agriculture, held at Newtown. He gave another lecture before the same board in 1883, held at Waterbury. 

He has also delivered lectures upon different subjects in all the towns around him, and in some of them he has appeared several times; his knowledge, wit, and sound logic drawing a full house. He has also written for different agricultural papers all over the country. His treatment of his theme has always been reasonable and persuasive, taken from experience and observation. He has spoken before farmersí clubs and granges many times, but never till 1891 did he unite with the grange, when one was formed in his own town. Previous to this he had been president of a farmersí club. He has held offices of honor and trust in the town of which he has always been a citizen, and has been a leading temperance advocate in Bethlehem, and several places where liquor was sold were broken up through his influence and writings. He was director in a fire insurance company fifteen years.

Source:  Builders of Our Nation, Men of 1914 pub. Men of Nineteen-Fourteen, Chicago, Ill. 1915.

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