Elisha Scott Sr. was a prominent attorney, who was known or taking on the most impossible cases and winning them.
Scott was born in Memphis Tennessee in 1890. His family later moved to Lane Street in west Topeka, in the community of Tennessee Town.
As a youth, he possessed a strong drive and a quick wit, which attracted the eye of the prominent minister Charles M. Sheldon. Scott was one of the students who attended the Tennessee Town kindergarten. After completing Kansas Technical Institute, an all-black vocational school, Scott went on to earn his law degree from Washburn College in 1916.
Scott went on to argue numerous civil rights and school segregation cases throughout Kansas and the Midwest. He also provided legal help for the victims of the Tulsa lynchings in 1921. Scott gained a reputation in Kansas as taking the most impossible cases, and winning them.