William L. Scott,81, who represented Virginia in the U.S...

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February 17, 1997

William L. Scott,81, who represented Virginia in the U.S. House and Senate, died of a chest infection Friday in suburban Virginia. He had Alzheimer's disease.

In 1972, after three terms in the House, Scott upset Democratic incumbent William B. Spong Jr., becoming the first Republican to win a Senate seat from Virginia since Reconstruction.

He did not seek re-election and left the Senate in 1979.

Oscar Adams Jr.,72, a former Alabama Supreme Court justice and the first black person elected to statewide office in Alabama, died Saturday of cancer in Birmingham. He made state history when Gov. Fob James appointed him to a vacancy on Alabama's high court in 1980. He was the first black to serve on the court and was re-elected twice, stepping down in 1993.

When he won his first election in 1982, he was the first black to win a statewide elective office in Alabama.

Pub Date: 2/17/97

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