THE LANDMARK, STATESVILLE, N. C.
THURSDAY, OCTOBER 26, 1922
Mr. McDowell Writes of Dr. Mott---
One of Iredell’s Greatest Men.
Mecklenburg, Iredell and other counties in this section will read with keenest interest the following sketch of Dr. Walter Mott, by his lifelong friend, Mr. F. B. McDowell.
In former years Dr. Mott was a frequent visitor to Charlotte. He was known throughout western North Carolina as one of three brothers --- “The Motts,” as they were always referred to --- one of whom, Dr. James J. Mott, was called “The Iron Duke.”
“The Motts” were dominant factors in the political, medical and social life of lower Iredell.
Mr. McDowell writes interestingly of Dr. Mott and his brothers as follows:
“Dr. Walter Baker Mott died at his home at Mount Mourne, October 23---his birthday---in the 87th year of his age.
“His father, Joseph W. Mott, a well-known Episcopal minister, who once had a charge in Charlotte, Lenoir and other places in this section of the state, came to North Carolina in 1830, from Nova Scotia. He married Susan Philips, of Hillsboro, this State. Three sons survived them; The late Dr. James J. Mott, of Statesville, Dr. Walter B. Mott, of Mt. Mourne, and Dr. Henry Y Mott, also of Mt. Mourne. All three were physicians of clear intellect, courtly manners, clean lives and the highest order of courage, and in all difficulties that arose where they were living, they always took the part of the oppressed and weaker man.
“Dr. Walter B. Mott studied medicine under the celebrated Dr. Pinckney Caldwell, of Charlotte, father of Mrs. Kate Guion. He volunteered in May, 1861, in the Beattie’s Ford riflemen, and was in the Battle of Seven Pines, where so many members of that splendid company were killed. After the disbandment of the company, Dr. Mott went to Yorktown, joined the fifth North Carolina regiment, became surgeon and served three years. He married Margaret White, of Iredell County, and had nine children, most of whom are married and are living West.
“All three of the brothers were men of the courtliest manners, all high-toned gentlemen, and their personality and tall, handsome manly figures would attract attention in any group of men in any country.
“Fourteen years ago Dr. W. B. Mott had a stroke of paralysis, while living in Charlotte, and being a doctor, he would point to the portion of the head where the clot of blood was located, but was never able to speak, but his mind was clear as ever, he retained his wonderful memory, and the grip of his right hand was firm and friendly as when in his full powers. He was an athletic man of powerful build, was temperate, of good habits, and a splendid doctor. He was the family physician of the late Robert I. McDowell and others, and had a wide and splendid practice. He has left behind him a stainless life, the record of a valiant soldier and a kind and courtly gentleman.
“The only mistake his friends think that he ever made was in not going to a large city, where he would have had a wider field for the display of his splendid ability.”