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Hon. Scott Leavitt, United States Congressman, Montana's 2nd Congressional District
Scott Leavitt

Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Montana's 2nd district
In office
Preceded by Carl W. Riddick
Succeeded by Roy E. Ayers

Born 16 June 1879(1879-06-16)
Elk Rapids, Michigan
Died 19 October 1966 (aged 87)
Newberg, Oregon
Political party Republican
Profession school principal, Forest Service ranger
Religion Protestant

Scott Leavitt (16 June 1879 – 19 October 1966) was a U.S. Representative from Montana. He served as chairman of the House Committee on Indian Affairs.


Early life

Scott Leavitt was born in Elk Rapids, Michigan in 1879 to Roswell Leavitt, an attorney, member of the Maine House of Representatives and later Michigan State Senator, a native of Turner, Maine, where he enlisted in the 17th Maine Volunteer Infantry Regiment, and his wife Anna C. (Lawrence) Leavitt.[1] Scott Leavitt moved with his parents to Bellaire, Michigan, in 1881.[2] He attended the public schools and while in high school enlisted in the Thirty-third Regiment, Michigan Volunteer Infantry, during the Spanish-American War. Leavitt served in the campaign at Santiago, Cuba during the war. After the war he attended the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor. He subsequently moved to Oregon in 1901 and began homesteading in the Coast Range Mountains near Falls City. There he worked as a school principal in the communities of Falls City, North Yamhill, Dayton, and Lakeview, Oregon from 1901 to 1907. In 1907 Leavitt entered the United States Forest Service as a ranger at the Fremont National Forest in Oregon. He later served in Minnesota and Montana until 1917.


Leavitt was elected as a Republican from Montana to the Sixty-eighth and to the four succeeding Congresses (March 4, 1923-March 3, 1933). He served as chairman of the Committee on Indian Affairs (Sixty-ninth through Seventy-first Congresses).

On March 5, 1932, Leavitt took to the floor of the House to deliver a eulogy to Indian Chief Plenty Coups. "I have chosen to announce the passing of one who has graced the history of my state of Montana," said Leavitt on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives.

"[Plenty Coup's] life was in truth a symbol of the absorption of the American Indian into the citizenship of the United States," Leavitt continued. "His was one of the finest characters I have ever known.... He was a man of such caliber and such high character, and his service was so outstanding, that it is entirely fitting that the American Congress should pause for a moment to do him reverence."[3]

Leavitt was an unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1932 to the Seventy-third Congress and for election in 1934 to the United States Senate. In 1932, Leavitt served as delegate to the Republican National Convention. He again became connected with the Forest Service at Milwaukee, Wisconsin, in 1935. Then from 1936 to 1937, he was Commander-in-chief of the United Spanish War Veterans.

Later life

He retired from the Forest Service in 1941 and moved to Newberg, Oregon, where Scott Leavitt died on October 19, 1966. He was interred in Willamette National Cemetery near Portland, Oregon. Scott Leavitt Park in Newberg is named for the Congressman and Forest Ranger.


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United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
Carl W. Riddick
United States Representative for the 2nd Congressional District of Montana
Succeeded by
Roy E. Ayers

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