WALTER GIBSON SCOTT, hardware dealer of Sullivan, a son of Thomas Leeman and Nancy M. (Cotterell) Scott, was born May 30, 1868, at New Hope, Ohio. The father was a native of Cincinnati and of Scotch descent. The mother was also born in Ohio, and they came to Indiana in the early seventies, locating at a point in Morgan county, where the father died. Thomas Leeman Scott, was a practicing physician and surgeon. He graduated at Cincinnati, Ohio, at one of the medical colleges. Politically, Dr. Scott was an uncompromising Republican, and served in the Civil war as a lieutenant. He belonged to the order of Knights of Honor. He had three children: Walter G., of this memoir; John Thomas, residing in Indianapolis, where he is practicing medicine; Albert David, residing in Sullivan county.

Mr. Scott received his education in Indiana and at the age of twelve years set out in the conflict of life for himself by working on a farm. When eighteen years of age he commenced to farm for himself, continuing two seasons in Ohio, and then came to Elnora, Indiana, where he learned the art, or profession, of telegraphy, operating for the Evansville & Terre Haute Railroad Company for the next nine years. He then returned to farm life for two years, coming to Sullivan in 1904. Here he embarked in the hardware business, coupling with it house furnishing goods, wagons, buggies and pipe-fittings. He is in company with his brother, A. D. Scott. They also conduct a sale stable, catering to the local trade and the coal mines. Mr. Scott is president of the Business Men's Association of Sullivan; he belongs to the Knights of Pythias order, and has advanced in Masonry to the thirty-second degree. In politics, he is a Republican. He was united in marriage, in 1905, to Nettie Bond, born in Worden, Illinois. One child has come to bless and brighten their home - Myrle Wyatt Scott, born April 12, 1906. The parents are members of the Methodist Episcopal church.