Charles Luther Scott, 83, a retired newspaper man and congressional aide who was interested in civil rights issues, died Thursday at Howard University Hospital after a heart attack.

Mr. Scott worked in President Harry S. Truman's national campaign in 1948, and on Adlai E. Stevenson's presidential campaigns in 1952 and 1956. His job was to get out the black vote during the elections.

When he moved to Washington in 1958, Mr. Scott opened his own firm, C. L. Scott Public Relations on New Hampshire Avenue NW. At the same time, he joined the staff of former Sen. Vance Hartke (D-Ind.) as an aide. He worked for Hartke until 1973, when he retired.

Before coming to Washington, Mr. Scott was with the Fort Wayne Express in Indiana from 1954 until 1956, and then operated the weekly New Orleans Star in Louisiana.

Mr. Scott was born in Pauline County, Ohio. He had worked as a salesman for the Atlanta Life Insurance Co. and for the General Electric Co. in Indiana before entering the newspaper business.

He was a member of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People and the Urban League.

Survivors include his wife, Eileen B., of the home in Washington.