Nauman Scott

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Nauman Steele Scott, II (June 15, 1916 - September 19, 2001), was a Republican-appointed federal judge in the United States District Court for the Western District of Louisiana from 1970 until 2001, who ordered cross-parish busing guidelines in 1980 to foster racial balance in Rapides Parish public schools. Because of his active fight against lingering remnants of segregation, Judge Scott has often been compared to two other Republican federal judges in similar circumstances, John Minor Wisdom (1905–1999) of New Orleans and Frank M. Johnson, Jr., of Montgomery, Alabama, the latter a rival of former Alabama Governor George C. Wallace, Jr. Prior to his judicial appointment, Scott had been an attorney in private practice in Alexandria.

Early years and legal practice

Scott was born to a family of lawyers in New Roads in Pointe Coupee Parish to attorney Nauman Steele Scott, I, and the former Sidonie Provosty. His maternal grandfather, Albin Provosty, had been a state senator, and his great-uncle, Olivier Provosty, was Chief Justice of the Louisiana Supreme Court from 1920-1922. Scott grew up in Alexandria. Scott, Sr., was killed in a tragic gunshot accident when Scott he was only eleven years of age, leaving him and four younger siblings. For a time, he was a childhood playmate of Louisiana's future Republican national committeewoman, Mary Virginia Wheadon de Gravelles, who served in the party post from 1964-1968.

As per his late father's wishes, Scott was sent to boarding...
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