Son of Milan Pillberry Scott and Emily Amanda Anthony. His father died in the Civil War, when he was just four years old. His mother got remarried to Charles Daniel Goolsby, but then she died in 1871.
He married Estelle Samples in 1882, and they had nine children. They lived in Ensley, Alabama (now a part of Birmingham). He was the first mayor of Ensley and he served four terms. He was a staunch opponent of alcohol. He later became a state representative, in 1915. He owned the Scott Lumber Company, at 640 Avenue G, with his sons.
The Birmingham News:
Pioneer of Ensley Dies At Residence
Nimrod Whitfield Scott, 85, first mayor of Ensley and a pioneer in the development of that district before it became part of Birmingham, died at his residence Thursday afternoon following an illness of several months.
Mr. Scott moved to Ensley from Rome, Ga., where he was born Aug. 11, 1858, the son of Pillsbury and Amanda Scott. He came to Ensley when he was 5 years old.
Educated in the county schools, Mr. Scott taught for five years following his graduation. Later he entered the merchandising business in Pratt City and Ensley in which he continued for 12 years.
He was elected first mayor of Ensley in 1899, a post he held for four consecutive terms. During his tenure, he was instrumental in most of the major improvements of the Ensley community, paving most of the city streets, building two schools, the Ensley City Hall and a system of sewers.
In 1908, he entered the real estate and lumber business. He served on the Jefferson County legislative delegation from 1908 to 1910. Mr. Scott was president of the Shadyside Improvement Club, and did much toward building a playground for the Ensley suburb.
He was president of the Scott Lumber Company, a member of the Kiwanis Club, the First Methodist Church and the Woodward Golf Club.
Mr. Scott is survived by his widow, Mrs. Estelle Samples Scott; three sons, Roscoe, Romaine and Gregg; four daughters, Mrs. Floyd W. Place, Mrs. Beth F. Lively, Mrs. B. S. Jones and Mrs. J. Miles Sprague, all of Birmingham; 17 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
Funeral services will be at 3 p.m. Friday at Angwin-Service Funeral Home in Ensley with the Rev. W. H. Curl, pastor of the Shadyside Methodist Church, officiating. Burial will be in Oakland Cemetery.
Pallbearers include R. A. Terrell, Jr., James A. Dupuy, Joseph Meade, Hamilton Perkins, Albert Smith and J. A. Holcomb.
Estella Samples Scott
1866–1954 (m. 1882)
Julia Ann Scott Israel
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