11 December 1975
The Scott County Bicentennial Committee Salutes:
Samuel Knox Duncan
Samuel Knox Duncan, Sr. (1830-1906), father of Lucy Duncan Dozier and Robert T. Duncan, and Isabelle Gilbreath Hamilton (1835-1913), mother of James M. Hamilton, were married April 10, 1862, at Clarksville, Ark. Samuel K. Duncan was born in Kentucky, coming to Arkansas by way of Tennessee. Here he married Isabelle Gilbreath Hamilton, a native Arkansan born in Johnson County. Her parents were both born in Illinois, coming to Arkansas about 1825. During the rebellion the S.K. Duncans lived in Fort Smith. Soon after they located in Scott County, living here the remainder of their lives. The original land for the Duncan Cemetery was donated by S.K. Duncan, Sr., and Isabelle Duncan Nov. 4, 1873. To this family were born 5 sons, all born in Scott County with the exception of Thomas M. Duncan, the eldest, who was born in Fort Smith. Thomas M. Duncan (1864-1906) was identified with the political life of the county. At 15 years of age he entered the office of circuit clerk as a deputy serving until 1887 when he was appointed by the Governor of Arkansas to fill a vacancy left by the death of Clerk J.C. Gilbreath. He was elected to the office then in 1888 serving until his death in 1906, with the exception of 4 years that he served again as deputy clerk under Clerk L.P. Fuller. Dr. L.D. Duncan (1867-1946) was a practicing physician in Scott County for almost 50 years. He graduated in 1897 from the University of Arkansas School of Medicine and had post graduate work at the Plyclinic School of Medicine, New York City. He was included in (the) 1938 edition of "Who's Who" Among Physicians and Surgeons. During World War I, he was appointed to serve on the County Draft Board. For many years he served as County Coroner and County Health Officer besides being appointed twice to the (illegible) Board of Health. Politically he served at least four terms as the Scott County Representative to the State Legislature. S.K. Duncan, Jr., (1870-1972) entered the law profession. He was elected county judge in 1898 serving one term and later served 3 terms as county clerk. Established with Baker a weekly newspaper in 1904, the "Advance." Another weekly, the "Reporter" established in 1879 consolidated with "Advance" and became the "Advance Reporter." In 1913, he became a member of the law firm "Bates and Duncan," continuing through the remainder of his life.
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