Walter Quincy Scott

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Walter Quincy Scott
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2nd President of Ohio State University
In office
Jun 21, 1881 – June 20, 1883
Preceded by Edward Orton Sr.
Succeeded by William Henry Scott
5th Principal of Phillips Exeter Academy
In office
Preceded by Albert Cornelius Perkins
Succeeded by Charles Everett Fish
Personal details
Born December 19, 1845
Dayton, Ohio, U.S.
Died May 9, 1917
Ellensburg, Washington, U.S.

Walter Quincy Scott (December 19, 1845 – May 9, 1917) was an American educator who was the second President of The Ohio State University and the fifth principal of Phillips Exeter Academy.

Scott was born in Dayton, Ohio on December 19, 1845 to Abram McLean Scott and Julia Ann Scott. At a young age, he moved to Iowa. He attended Fairfield University, his studies punctuated with the start of the American Civil War. After serving in the Civil War, Scott attended Lafayette College in Easton, Pennsylvania and Union Theological Seminary. Immediately after graduating, he began teaching ancient languages at Lafayette. An ordained Presbyterian minister, Scott led Arch Street Presbyterian Church in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania from 1874 to 1878. Scott's taught at Wooster College in 1878, where he was professor of mental and moral philosophy and political economy. In 1881, he became president of Ohio State University. Though he was popular with students, he was immensely disliked by politicians, and resigned shortly thereafter in 1883 due to frequent interference in his work from politicians. He then became principal of Phillips Exeter Academy, where he started in 1884.[1] He resigned in 1889 to go to Chicago, Illinois, and be involved in the publishing business. Disliking the city, he soon became the pastor of a Presbyterian church in Albany, New York. He resigned after a three years.[2] In 1909, he was named President Emeritus of the Ohio State University Board of Trustees, later on for ten years becoming at the Bible Teachers' Training School of New York City the professor of church history and ethnic religions.

Walter Scott died on May 9, 1917, in Ellensburg, Washington. He was married to Cornelia (Edgar) Scott, with whom he had three children: Walter Quincy Scott Jr., Edith Davis, and Cornelia Bull.[3]


  1. ^ "General Notes". New York Times. 1884-07-03. p. 4. 
  2. ^ The National Cyclopaedia of American Biography. J.T. White. 1900. 
  3. ^ "Rev. Dr. Walter Quincy Scott, (USA)". geni_family_tree. Retrieved 2017-07-13. 

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Academic offices
Preceded by
Edward Orton Sr.
Ohio State University President
June 21, 1881 – June 20, 1883
Succeeded by
William Henry Scott
Preceded by
Albert Perkins
Principal of Phillips Exeter Academy
Succeeded by
Charles Fish