Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Politician Gives Up His Automatic Exemption and Enlists in Marine Corps, 1918

“Political Leader in Ranks…..South Carolina Legislator Waives Exemption and Enlists in the Marine Corps,” from the High Point Review, March 14, 1918

Port Royal, S.C.—Side by side men from various walks of life, Len A. Scott, three times Republican representative from Hardin county, Tennessee, and minority floor leader in the lower house of the last two legislatures, is rapidly learning the fine points of Marine life.

He enlisted in the Marine Corps recently for the duration of the war, waiving exemption on the ground that he was a state legislative officer, and was sent to this station for preliminary training.
Scott is well known in political circles, it being remembered that he was the author of the first resolution introduced in the House of Representatives, pledging support to President Wilson when war with Germany became inevitable.

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