This page is dedicated to people who held past political office or played a political role.
They are a native of Scott County or have some connection to the area.
Dan Gibson, webmaster
JOHN JAMES DUNCAN
A Representative from Tennessee, John James Duncan was born in Huntsville, Scott County, TN. on March 24, 1919. He attended the public schools in Huntsville, Tennessee; B.S., University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN., 1942; L.L.B., Cumberland University, Williamsburg, Ky., 1947; He served in the United States Army from 1942 to 1945. He was a lawyer in private practice and was assistant attorney general in Knoxville, TN. from 1947 to 1956 and law director from 1956 to 1959. He was the mayor of Knoxville, TN. from 1959 to 1965. He was State commander, American Legion in 1954. He was a delegate to the Republican National Conventions in1960, 1968 and 1984. He was elected as a Republican to the Eighty-ninth and to the eleven succeeding Congresses (January 3, 1965-June 21, 1988). John James Duncan died on June 21, 1988 in Knoxville, TN.
John James Duncan is the father of John James Duncan Jr. (Jimmy Duncan). John J. Duncan Jr. is a Representative from Tennessee. He was elected as a Republican to the One Hundredth Congress, by special election, to fill the vacancy caused by the death of his father, but was not sworn in because Congress had adjourned. He was elected at the same time to the One Hundred First Congress and reelected to the One Hundred Second and to the five succeeding Congresses (November 8, 1988-January 3, 2003).
HOWARD H. BAKER, JR.
A former Senator from Tennessee, Howard H. Baker, Jr. was born in Huntsville, Scott County, TN. on Nov. 15, 1925. He attended Tulane University in New Orleans, La., University of the South, Sewanee, TN. and graduated from the University of Tennessee Law College in 1949 He served in the United States Navy from 1943 to1946. He was admitted to the Tennessee bar in 1949 and commenced practice. He was an unsuccessful candidate for election to the U.S. Senate in 1964 but elected as a Republican to the United States Senate in 1966. He was reelected in 1972 and again in 1978, and served from January 3, 1967, to January 3, 1985. He did not seek reelection. He served as minority leader form 1977 to 1981 and majority leader from 1981 to 1985. He was an unsuccessful candidate for the Republican nomination for President of the United States in 1980. He was the chief of staff to President Ronald Reagan from 1987 to 1988. He became ambassador to Japan in 2001 and still holds that position.
HOWARD HENRY BAKER
A Representative from Tennessee, he was born in Somerset, Pulaski County, KY. on January 12, 1902. He moved with his parents to Huntsville, Scott County, TN. and attended the public schools of Scott and Knox Counties, TN. Mr. Baker graduated from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville in 1922 and from its law school in 1924. He was admitted to the Tennessee bar in 1923 and commenced the practice of law in Huntsville, TN. He was a publisher of a weekly newspaper in Huntsville, TN. and served in the Tennessee house of representatives in 1929 and 1930. A member of Scott County Board of Education in 1931 and 1932 and attorney general of the nineteenth judicial circuit of Tennessee from 1934 to 1948. He was vice president and general counsel of the Oneida & Western Railroad Co. in 1945 and a member of the board of directors of the First National Bank of Oneida, TN. He was an unsuccessful Republican candidate for Governor in 1938 and for United States Senator in 1940. He was a delegate to the Republican National Conventions in 1940, 1948, 1952, and 1956. He was elected as a Republican to the Eighty-second and to the six succeeding Congresses and served from January 3, 1951 until his death in Knoxville, TN. on January 7, 1964. Howard Henry Baker is buried in Sherwood Memorial Gardens.
Howard Henry Baker is the father of former Senator Howard H. Baker Jr.
GEORGE B. CECIL
Mr. Cecil of Oneida, Scott County, Tennessee was a alternate
delegate to the Republican National Convention from Tennessee in 1948.
Bruce Barton was born in Robbins, Scott County, TN. on August 5, 1886. The son of William Eleazer Barton and Ester Treat (Bushnell) Barton. Mr. Barton's childhood was spent in rural Tennessee and Oak Park, Illinois. His mother was a school teacher and his father a circuit preacher. He was married on Oct. 2, 1913 to Esther Maude Randall. He graduated from Amherst (Mass.) College in 1907. He moved to Chicago, IL. in 1900 and engaged in literary and editorial pursuits. He then moved to New York City in 1912 and continued literary work and also engaged in the magazine and advertising business. He was elected as a Republican to the Seventy-fifth Congress to fill the vacancy caused by the death of Theodore A. Peyser and reelected to the Seventy-sixth Congress and served from November 2, 1937, to January 3, 1941. He was not a candidate for renomination but was an unsuccessful candidate for election in 1940 to the United States Senate. He was a delegate to the Republican State convention in 1938 and to the Republican National Convention at Philadelphia in 1940. He resumed an advertising business in New York City and died in New York City, on July 5, 1967. Bruce Barton is buried at Rock Hill Cemetery in Foxboro, Mass. Bruce Barton's many talents were Advertising Executive, Religious Writer, Copy Writer and United States Congressman.
LUKE E. TERRY
( Republican), of Martinsburg, Berkeley County, W. VA. was born Aug. 21, 1916 in Oneida, Scott County, Tennessee. He served in the U.S. Army Air Force in World War II. Mr Terry, a lawyer, became a member of West Virginia state house of delegates from Berkeley County , 1957-58, and was defeated in 1958.