Scruggs, William Lindsay was born on September 14, 1836 in near Knoxville, Tennessee, United States. Son of Frederick and Margaret (Kimbrough) Scruggs.
Student Strawberry Plains College, Tennessee, 1854-1857. Doctor of Laws, Furman U., South Carolina., 1907. Admitted to bar, 1858.
John Hari Singh Gour Potts, August 3, 1858 (died 1897). Chief editor Columbus (Georgia) Daily Sun, 1862-1866, Atlanta New Era, 1870-1872. Envoy Extraordinary anu Minister Plenipotentiary to Colombia, 1872-1877 and 1882-1887.
Consul general in China, 1878-1882. Envoy Extraordinary anu Minister Plenipotentiary to Venezuela, 1889-1893. Legal adviser and special agent Venezuelan Government, charged with settlement Anglo-Venezuelan boundary dispute, 1894-1898.