Scott, Austin, 1848-1922

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Rutgers College President Austin Scott, Ph.D., LL.D., born Frank Austin Scott on August 10, 1848, in Toledo, Ohio, was educated at Yale University (A.B., 1869) and the University of Michigan (A.M., 1870), after which he went to Germany for graduate training. He studied history at Freidrich Wilhelm University (University of Berlin) and the University of Leipzig, from which he received his Ph.D. in 1873. Scott's professors of ancient history included Theodor Mommsen and Johann Gustav Droysen and he retained his notes from their lectures. After teaching German at the University of Michigan (1873-1875), Scott joined the faculty at Johns Hopkins University, where he assisted George Bancroft in the preparation of the tenth volume of his History of the United States. In 1883, the year after his marriage to Anna Prentiss Stearns, with whom he had seven children, Scott became Voorhees Professor of History, Political Science, Economics, and Constitutional Law at Rutgers College. He held this position from 1883 to 1891 and again from 1906 to 1922.

Scott's service as Rutgers College president, 1891-1906, was marked by concerns about the relationship between the college and the state of New Jersey. During this era, the state refused to make payments to the college as per the Scholarship Act of 1890 because it was dissatisfied with Rutgers's course offerings in agriculture. While Scott was president, Rutgers initiated a distinct agricultural curriculum and the issue was resolved in the college's favor in 1905. Scott also enhanced the classics program and initiated many physical renovations and changes, most notably the construction of the Robert F. Ballantine Gymnasium and the Ralph Voorhees Library.

After his resignation as president, Scott returned to his teaching and became active in civic affairs, serving as mayor of New Brunswick (1912-1914). He was also president of the New Brunswick Historical Club (1905-1922), and was active in the Second Reformed Church of New Brunswick. He died on August 15, 1922.

From the description of Papers, 1865-1937, 1871-1922 (bulk). (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 122616667

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associatedWith Atherton, George Washington, 1837-1906 person
associatedWith Ballantine, Robert F., 1836-1905 person
associatedWith Bancroft, George, 1800-1891 person
associatedWith Boyd, Elizabeth R. person
associatedWith Boyd, Elizabeth R. person
associatedWith Bradley, Joseph P., 1813-1892 person
associatedWith Bussing, Ann Van Nest person
associatedWith Butler, Nicholas Murray, 1862-1947 person
associatedWith Chester, Albert Huntington, 1843-1903 person
associatedWith Dana, John Cotton, 1856-1929 person
associatedWith Demarest, William H. S. (William Henry Steele), 1863-1956. person
associatedWith Droysen, Johann Gustav, 1808-1884. person
associatedWith Dryden, John F. (John Fairfield), 1839-1911 person
associatedWith Freeman, Charles M., M.D. person
associatedWith Freidrich Wilhelm University (Berlin, Germany) corporateBody
associatedWith Frelinghuysen, Frederick, 1848-1924 person
associatedWith Goodell, Henry Hill, 1839-1905 person
associatedWith Harvard University. Steward. corporateBody
associatedWith Henry Guest House (New Brunswick, N.J.) corporateBody
associatedWith Long, John Davis, 1838-1915 person
associatedWith Mommsen, Theodor, 1817-1903. person
correspondedWith Murphy, Franklin, 1846-1920. person
associatedWith New Brunswick Historical Club (N.J.) corporateBody
associatedWith New Jersey Historical Society. corporateBody
associatedWith Parker, Richard Wayne, 1848-1923 person
associatedWith Paterson, William, 1745-1806. person
associatedWith Paterson, William, 1817-1899. person
associatedWith Patton, Francis Landley, 1843-1922 person
associatedWith Presbrey, Frank, 1855-1936 person
associatedWith Putnam, Herbert, 1861-1955 person
associatedWith Ralph Voorhees Library (New Brunswick, N.J.) corporateBody
associatedWith Reid, Whitelaw, 1837-1912 person
associatedWith Rutgers College. corporateBody
associatedWith Rutgers College. College Extension. corporateBody
associatedWith Rutgers College. Department of Agriculture. corporateBody
associatedWith Rutgers College. Department of Astronomy and Mathematics. corporateBody
associatedWith Rutgers College. Department of Chemistry. corporateBody
associatedWith Rutgers College. Department of Graphics and Mathematics. corporateBody
associatedWith Rutgers College. Department of Greek. corporateBody
associatedWith Rutgers College. Department of Roman Law. corporateBody
associatedWith Rutgers College. Office of the President corporateBody
associatedWith Rutgers College. Office of the University Librarian (George A. Osborn) person
associatedWith Rutgers College. Robert F. Ballantine Gymnasium. corporateBody
associatedWith Rutgers College. Van Nest Hall. corporateBody
associatedWith Rutgers Preparatory School (Somerset, N.J.) corporateBody
associatedWith Scott, Anna Prentiss Stearns, d.1933. person
associatedWith Second Reformed Church (New Brunswick, N.J.) corporateBody
associatedWith Shumway, Edgar S. person
associatedWith Stryker, William S. person
associatedWith University of Leipzig (Leipzig, Germany) corporateBody
associatedWith Voorhees, Edward B., 1856-1911 person
associatedWith Washington, George, 1732-1799. person
associatedWith West, Andrew Fleming, 1853-1943 person
associatedWith Wilson, Woodrow, 1856-1924 person
associatedWith Woodhull, Alfred A. (Alfred Alexander), 1837-1921 person
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New Jersey
New Jersey--Perth Amboy
New Jersey--New Brunswick
New Brunswick (N.J.)
New Jersey
Agricultural education
Universities and colleges
Universities and colleges
Dutch Americans
Educational administration
Education and state
Government aid to education
Higher education and state
Historic buildings
Judicial process
Reformed Church
College administrators
College presidents


Birth 1848-08-10

Death 1922-08-15



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