Episcopal Diocese of Northern Indiana Archives

Rev. Walter Scott

The Rev. Walter Scott was born on 10 March 1836 in Massillon, Ohio, the son of Andrew and Elizabeth (Walters) Scott. He married Susan Ruth Anderson on 19 October 1859 in Indiana. Scott began his career as an attorney and was enumerated with his wife on the 1860 census in Warsaw. He apparently read for orders, was ordained by Bishop Talbot in 1868, and went on to serve as rector of St. Andrew's Church, Warsaw, from 1870 to 1872 while also serving the diocese in a missionary capacity. From here he moved to La Porte, serving as rector from 1872 to 1873 while also assisting with the Church of the Good Shepherd, a mission in Fort Wayne, between 1871 and 1875. He moved to Allegan, Michigan, to become rector of the Church of the Good Shepherd from 1875 to 1884 but returned to Indiana in 1885 to take charge briefly of St. James, Vincennes. He is listed as having charge of St. Paul's, New Albany, Indiana, from 1881 to 1886. He was rector of St. Paul's, La Porte, from 1886 to 1894. Between 1894 and 1900 he was rector of St. John's Bristol. He then moved to Ohio and was enumerated in 1900 in the town of Russia, Lorain County, Ohio. In a convention address, Bishop John Hazen White lamented Scott's move out of the diocese. He commented: "By the removal of the Rev. Walter Scott to Ohio, the Diocese has lost its oldest, and without disrespect to any other, I venture to say, its best loved priest. Mr. Scott possessed a peculiar personality, and while he was never a great man, he was always a valuable man, a pure priest, a wise pastor, a faithful and noble example to the younger clergy, by whom he was surrounded and beloved." Scott continued to do missionary work and between 1909 and 1910 lived in Oberlin. He later returned to Indiana, settled in Elkhart, and died there on 27 January 1922. He was buried in Grace Lawn Cemetery, Elkhart.


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