Leroy Scott

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Leroy Scott
Leroy Scott 1919.jpg
Scott in a 1919 ad
Born (1875-05-11)May 11, 1875
Fairmont, Indiana
Died July 21, 1929(1929-07-21) (aged 54)
Merrill, New York
Nationality United States
Occupation Writer
Known for Novels, Screenplays
Spouse(s) Miriam Finn

Leroy Scott (1875–1929) was an American writer of novels and screenplays.


Scott was born in Fairmount, Indiana 11 May 1875. His father was a minister with the Religious Society of Friends. He graduated from Indiana University in 1897. His writing career began with three years experience as a reporter; he worked at a Louisiana newspaper owned by his brother.[1] Later (1900–01) he became assistant editor of the Woman’s Home Companion.

Scott was a social activist. In 1902–3 he was assistant headworker at the University Settlement House. It is there that he met and later married on 27 Jun 1904 Miriam Finn,[2] a Russian Jewish writer,[3] with whom he had a daughter. Around this time Scott was an officer of the Intercollegiate Socialist Society, of which he was a founder.[1] Scott had come to University Settlement after Hull House experience. After his settlement experience, Scott and his wife came to live at the "A-Club", a cooperative, and a "radical center." [4]

In 1906, Scott helped arrange accommodations for Maxim Gorky during his visit to the United States.[5] In 1907 Scott and his wife visited Russia.[6]

To research his book about labor relations, The Walking Delegate (1905), Scott Joined the Structural Iron Workers Union.[7]

In addition to novels, Scott became involved in the movie industry, where he accumulated numerous writing credits, as well as an acting credit in one film. When Goldwyn Pictures determined a need to produce movies in New York as well as on the west coast, Scott's Partners of the Night was chosen as the first work.[8]

Scott drowned in Lake Chateaugay, near Plattsburg, New York on 21 July 1929.[9]


  • Children of the whirlwind
  • The walking delegate (1905)
  • To him that hath (1907)
  • The shears of destiny (1910)
  • Vocations, ed. William DeWitt Hyde. Hall and Locke Company. Boston. Vol. 1. The Mechanic Arts. Richard C. Maclauren ed. (1911). “Selden’s Explosion Buggy”. p. 343
  • Counsel for the defense (1912)
  • No. 13 Washington Square (1914)
  • Graft (1915)
  • Partners of the night (1916)
  • The Sturdy Oak; a composite novel of American politics by fourteen American authors (ch xiv) (1917)
  • Mary Regan (1918)
  • A Daughter of Two Worlds: A Novel of New York Life (1919)
  • Cordelia the Magnificent (1923)
  • The heart of Katie O”Doone (1925)
  • Folly’s Gold (1926)
  • The Trail of Glory (1926)
  • The living dead man (1929)


  1. ^ a b Dictionary of American Biography (Vol. VIII). 1935. p. 496.
  2. ^ Lehman, Marjorie (1 Mar 2009). "Miriam Finn Scott". Jewish Women; a comprehensive historical encyclopedia. Retrieved 17 Jan 2011.
  3. ^ Richman, George J. (1916). History of Hancock County, Indiana; its people, industries and institutions. Greenfield, IN: Wm. Mitchell Printing Co. p. 432.
  4. ^ McFarland, Gerald W. (2001). Inside Greenwich Village: A New York City Neighborhood, 1898-1918. University of Massachusetts Press. p. 127. ISBN 1-55849-502-9.
  5. ^ Yedlin, Tovah (1999). Maxim Gorky: a political biography. Westport, CT: Praeger Publishers. p. 73. ISBN 0-275-96605-4.
  6. ^ "Notable books in the presses ... Leroy Scott's To Him that Hath". The New York Times. 22 June 1907. Retrieved 20 Jan 2011.
  7. ^ "Our Own Times". The Reader. Indianapolis: The Bobbs-Merrill Company. 6: 456. 1905. Retrieved 17 Jan 2011.
  8. ^ "Goldwyn Soon Producing in East". Motion Picture News. 20-24: 3613. 15 Nov 1919. Retrieved 17 Jan 2011.
  9. ^ "Milestones". Time Magazine. 29 Jul 1929. Retrieved 16 Jan 2011.

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