Austin Scott

10th President of Rutgers University
In office
Preceded by Merrill Edward Gates
Succeeded by William H. S. Demarest

Born August 10, 1848(1848-08-10)
Toledo, Ohio
Died August 15, 1922 (age 74)
Granville, Massachusetts
Spouse(s) Anna Prentiss Stearns

Austin Scott (August 10, 1848 – August 15, 1922) was the tenth President of Rutgers College (now Rutgers University), serving from 1891 to 1906.[1]


Scott was born in Toledo, Ohio, to Jeremiah Austin Scott and Sarah Remey. His birth name was Frank Austin Scott, but he eventually dropped his first name and went by "Austin Scott".[2]

Scott received a baccalaureate degree from Yale College in 1869 and earned a Master of Arts (M.A.) from the University of Michigan in 1870.[2][3]

According to historian Hugh Hawkins, Scott preferred teaching at Hopkins to his work with Bancroft, and wanted to become a full-time instructor at Hopkins, even offering to end all other obligations. But he was not granted full-time status and left Hopkins in 1882. The reason he was not promoted may have had more to do with Herbert Baxter Adams than Scott's own abilities. Adams possessed "unlimited ambition and great adroitness," and Adams gained a full-time appointment while Scott did not.[4]

In 1882, Scott married Anna Prentiss Stearns and they had seven children.[2][5]

In 1883, Scott was appointed to the faculty of Rutgers College as a Professor of History, Political Economy, and Constitutional Law, and was elected to succeed Merrill Edward Gates in 1891.[3]

During Scott's tenure, Rutgers received a gift from Robert Francis Ballantine (1836–1905). Ballantine was a wealthy brewer from Newark, New Jersey. The money was used to build a gymnasium. A gift from Ralph and Elizabeth Rodman Voorhees provided funds for the construction of a new library in 1873. The old libray was in Kirkpatrick Chapel. By 1906, Scott had resigned as president and returned to teaching political science, constitutional law, international law and civics. From 1906 to 1922 he taught and aided William H. S. Demarest, the new president.[2]

Scott served as the Mayor of New Brunswick, New Jersey from 1912 to 1915. He died in Granville, Massachusetts, in 1922 at his summer home. His widow died on January 23, 1933.[5]


  1. ^ "Austin Scott (1891-1906)". Rutgers University. Archived from the original on January 5, 2011. Retrieved December 21, 2010. "An eminent and influential teacher, Dr. Austin Scott (1848-1922), was Professor of History, Political Economy, and Constitutional Law in Rutgers College when the Trustees elected him to succeed Merrill Gates as president in 1891. He was born in Maumee, near Toledo, Ohio, graduated from Yale College in 1869, and spent a year at the University of Michigan, where in 1870 he received a master of arts degree. ..." 
  2. ^ a b c d "Austin Scott". Rutgers University. Retrieved December 21, 2010. "Austin Scott was born in Toledo, Ohio on August 10, 1848, the son of Jeremiah Austin Scott and Sarah (Remey) Scott. He was named Frank Austin Scott, but eventually dropped the first name. Scott received his A.B. degree from Yale College in 1869, and an A.M. from the University of Michigan in 1870. ..." 
  3. ^ a b "Austin Scott". Catalogue of the officers and alumni of Rutgers College (originally Queen's College) in New Brunswick, N.J., 1766-1916. 1916. p. 31. 
  4. ^ Hugh Hawkins, Pioneer: A History of the Johns Hopkins University, 1874-1889. Cornell University Press, 1960, pp. 171-172.
  5. ^ a b "Mrs. Austin Scott Dead In 81st Year. Widow of President of Rutgers and Mother of Harvard Law School Professor". New York Times. January 23, 1933. Retrieved December 21, 2010. "Anna Prentiss Scott, widow of Austin Scott, president of Rutgers from 1890 to 1906, and mother of Professor Austin W. Scott of the Harvard Law School, died ..." 

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