Scott, William Sherley (1856–1941)

By: M. L. Crimmins

Type: Biography

Published: 1952

Updated: June 1, 1995

William Sherley Scott, soldier and banker, was born in McKinney, Texas, on January 12, 1856, the son of Col. Thomas M. and Elizabeth M. (Sherley) Scott. He graduated from the United States Military Academy on June 12, 1880. He married Nell Z. Hastings of Leavenworth, Kansas, on November 30, 1887; they had a daughter. His military career included active participation in both the Spanish American War and World War I, during which he was promoted to brigadier general. His last assignment was as commander of Fort Sam Houston, Texas, a position he held until his retirement in 1920. Scott was vice president of the Sam Houston State Bank and Trust Company from 1920 to 1923 and president from 1923 to 1932. He acted as chairman of the board from 1932 until his death in San Antonio on August 31, 1941.

George W. Cullum, Biographical Register of the Officers and Graduates of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, New York, 1891. San Antonio Express, September 1, 1941. Who's Who in America, 1940–41.

The following, adapted from the Chicago Manual of Style, 15th edition, is the preferred citation for this entry.

M. L. Crimmins, “Scott, William Sherley,” Handbook of Texas Online, accessed June 30, 2022,

Published by the Texas State Historical Association.

June 1, 1995