|Birth: ||Sep. 14, 1836|
|Death: ||Jul. 18, 1912|
William was the son of Frederick Scruggs II b 1807 TN, and Margaret Kimbrough b 1813. He married Judith Ann Potts 3 Aug 1853 in VA. They had the following children:
1. Minerva Scruggs Robinson b 1863
2. William Edgar Scruggs b 1864
3. Susan Scruggs Jenkins b 1866
4. Maud Judith Scruggs b 1870
5. Ruby Scruggs Anderson b 1875
William L. Scruggs was an American author, lawyer, and diplomat. He was a scholar of South American foreign policy and U.S. ambassador to Colombia and Venezuela. He played a key role in the Venezuela Crisis of 1895 and helped shape the modern interpretation of the Monroe Doctrine.
Scruggs was U.S. Minister to Colombia from July 24 1873 to October 26 1876 and again from July 19 1882 to December 15 1885. In 1884 he became known as Envoy Extraordinary and Minister Plenipotentiary, Colombia. Previously his title was simply Minister Resident, Colombia.
Scruggs was U.S. Minister to Venezuela from May 30, 1889 to December 15 1892. In 1889 he became known as Envoy Extraordinary and Minister Plenipotentiary, Venezuela. Scruggs appeared to resign his ambassadorship to Venezuela in December 1892, but in fact had been dismissed by the US for bribing the President of Venezuela.
In 1893 Scruggs was recruited by the Venezuelan Government to operate on its behalf in Washington D.C. as a lobbyist and legal attache. As a lobbyist, Scruggs published the pamphlet entitled "British Aggressions in Venezuela: The Monroe Doctrine on Trial".
Judith Ann Potts Scruggs (1837 - 1887)
Minerva Scruggs Robinson (1863 - 1922)*
William Edgar Scruggs (1864 - 1931)*
Maud Judith Scruggs (1870 - 1945)*
Ruby Scruggs Anderson (1875 - 1930)*
Plot: Section 1
Created by: rhondajo
Record added: Dec 03, 2011
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