December 18, 1842: Senator Nathan B. Scott Born
Businessman and U.S. Senator Nathan B. Scott was born in Ohio on December 18, 1842. From a meager start as a boy working in a general store, he eventually would become one of the four richest men in West Virginia.
After serving in the Union Army during the Civil War, Scott became a glass manufacturer in Bellaire, Ohio. He quickly amassed a fortune in business and banking. He then moved to nearby Wheeling, where he accumulated even more wealth as president of the Central Glass Company. He also made hefty sums of money in the coal industry and founded Dollar Savings and Trust, which is now WesBanco.
Shortly after moving to Wheeling, Scott began to dabble in Republican politics. He swiftly moved up the political ladder—from Wheeling City Council, to West Virginia State Senate, and finally, to the United States Senate, where he served for 12 years. After leaving the Senate in 1911, he retired from politics and lived out the rest of his life as a banker in Washington, D.C. Nathan B. Scott died in Washington in 1924 at the age of 81.