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Joseph Scott - "Mr. Los Angeles"
Penrith-born emigrant to fame and fortune in California, USA
ABRAHAM Lincoln's gaunt features in bronze accompany his Gettysburg Address in front of Los
Angeles County Court. Nearby stands the statue of a man in a suit on a pedestal with the
inscription:
JOSEPH SCOTT, "MR LOS ANGELES", 1867 - 1958
Beloved citizen, distinguished lawyer, civic leader
Practiced law in Los Angeles from 1894 to 1958
Established Knights of Columbus in California 1902
Served as President of the Chamber of Commerce, Board of Education,
Community Chest, Boys' Week and Draft Board
Stalwart champion of Americanism and militant foe of communism
Lifelong crusader for recognition of the Irish Republic
Nominated Herbert Hoover for President of the United States
Recognized by Church and State with highest honors many times.
The Scott statue was erected on Grand Avenue in Los Angeles in the 1960s. A decade earlier,
a fulsome tribute to Joseph Scott by California Congressman Gordon McDonough in the United
States House of Representatives had opened with these lofty sentiments: "A youthful Scotch-Irish
immigrant to the United States who moved among and was the equal of the giants of his day in
all walks of life, but who never lost the common touch of the ordinary man."
Joseph Scott was born at the market town of Penrith in the old English county of Cumberland in
1867, second of eight sons of a Scots-Presbyterian father and an Irish Catholic mother.
Cockermouth-born Joseph Scott snr was a 26-year-old Penrith newspaper printer when he mar-
ried Mary Donnelly in Wexford in 1862. Joseph junior had great respect for his father, who never
objected to his nine children being raised as catholics, but he always insisted, "I am what I am
by reason of my mother."
The full story of Joseph Scott is told in
"Colourful Characters of Cumbria's Eden Valley" by John Sharpe.