Robert Walter "Bob" Scott
(June 13, 1929 – January 23, 2009) was the Democratic governor of the state of North Carolina from 1969 to 1973. He was born in
Haw River, North
The son of North Carolina Governor W.
, and grandson and nephew of
state legislators, Scott was a dairy farmer before being elected to
the post of Lieutenant Governor
1964 and that of Governor
in 1968. In May 1969, during his term as Governor, racial violence
at North Carolina Agricultural & Technical State University, a
predominately black campus in Greensboro, resulted in one student
death, and the injury of a National Guardsman, five Greensboro
police officers and two students.
Constitutionally barred from seeking another term, he later served
as co-chairman of the Appalachian Regional
and as President of the North Carolina Community
, from 1983 until 1995. Scott unsuccessfully ran
for Governor in 1980, but lost in the Democratic primary.
His daughter, Meg Scott Phipps
elected North Carolina's commissioner of
Scott was honored in 2008 by the North Carolina Society for
preserving state archives and historic artifacts and his efforts to
increase awareness of the state's history.