Charles Scott (April 1739 – October 22, 1813) was an 18th-century
American soldier who was elected the fourth governor of Kentucky in
1808. Orphaned at an early age, Scott served during the French and
Indian War and returned to active military service in 1775 in the
American Revolution. In August 1776, he was promoted to colonel and
given command of the 5th Virginia Regiment, serving George Washington
for the duration of the Philadelphia campaign. In March 1779 Scott was
sent to Charleston, South Carolina, to assist General Benjamin Lincoln
in the southern theater, but was taken as a prisoner of war when
Charleston surrendered. After the war he resettled near present-day
Versailles, Kentucky. Following the separation of Kentucky from Virginia
in 1792, Scott commanded the 2nd Division of the Kentucky militia, which
fought in the Northwest Indian War. In his run for governor in 1808, he
won a convincing victory over John Allen and Green Clay.
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Today's selected anniversaries:
In one of the worst maritime disasters in the history of the
British Isles, more than 1,400 sailors on four Royal Navy ships were
lost in stormy weather off the Isles of Scilly.
At Gare Montparnasse station in Paris, an express train
derailed after overrunning the buffer stop, crossing the concourse
before crashing through a wall and falling to the plaza below
The educational non-profit organization Toastmasters
International was founded at a YMCA in Santa Ana, California.
Sweden suffered its deadliest school attack when a sword-
wielding man attacked students and teachers in a high school in
Trollhättan, killing three people.
Wiktionary's word of the day:
A fee charged by a restaurant to serve wine that a diner has provided.
Wikiquote quote of the day:
Perfection is a costly flower and is cultured only by an
uncompromising, strict husbandry.