John Work Scott

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John Work Scott
John W Scott 1807.jpg
Sixth President of
Washington College
In office
Preceded by James Clark
Succeeded by Jonathan Edwards
Personal details
Born 1807
Died July 25, 1879(1879-07-25)
Alma mater Jefferson College
Profession Educator and Ordained Minister
Religion Presbyterian
Salary $1,500 per year

John Work Scott, son of Andrew Scott and Mary Dinsmore, was the sixth and last president of Washington College before its merger with Jefferson College to form Washington & Jefferson College.[1]

A native of Wheeling, West Virginia, Scott graduated from Jefferson College in 1827 and worked as a Presbyterian minister.[1] He was elected president of Washington College on November 10, 1852 and was inaugurated in 1853.[1] He earned a salary of $1000 per year and received a raise to $1500 per year in 1859. In 1860, he was elected president of the Maryland Agricultural College, but was unavailable to serve.[2] By 1862, Washington College's enrollment dropped by about two-thirds, as 90 students joined the armed services to fight in the American Civil War.[1] Scott retired from the presidency in August 1865, ostensibly to smooth the merger between Washington College and Jefferrson College. He continued his career in academia by teaching at West Virginia University, where he also served as acting president 1876-1877.[1][3][4]

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  1. ^ a b c d e "John W. Scott (1852-Union of the Colleges)". U. Grant Miller Library Digital Archives. Washington & Jefferson College. 2003-09-04. 
  2. ^ "Former President John Work Scott". University of Maryland Presidents 1859–present. University of Maryland. Retrieved 6 May 2012. 
  3. ^ "Scott, John Work". Biographical and Historical Catalogue of Washington and Jefferson College. Cincinnati, Ohio: Elm Street Printing Company. 1889. p. 48. 

4. The History of Education in West Virginia; State Institutions - West Virginia University, Waitman Rabre, Litt. D., 1909, West Virginia State Department of History, p. 57.

Academic offices
Preceded by
James I. Brownson (Interim)
President of Washington College
1852–Union of the Colleges
Succeeded by
Jonathan Edwards
Preceded by
Charles Benedict Calvert
President of the Maryland Agricultural College
Succeeded by
John M. Colby