R.L. Scott, 54th president, deserted the publishing business for a job with Uncle Sam. The former publisher of the DeLeon Free Press retired in 1940 after operating the newspaper for 30 years.
Scott was postmaster in DeLeon for a six-year period along with his publishing duties. However, after leaving the job as postmaster he became a rural mail carrier for 13 years.
He had worked in the Free Press office as a young man, hand-spiking type. In 1910 the newspaper went broke. At the request of bankers in DeLeon, Scott took over as publisher when he was 22.
Born at Alexander City, Ala., on March 3, 1888, Scott came to Comanche County with his family in 1897 and grew up in DeLeon. He served in the Navy during World War I. He was married to Gladys Parks and they had two daughters. Scott was married again in 1949 to Sarah Brindley.