Biography and History

Born in Ohio, Austin Scott earned degrees from Yale and the Univesity of Michigan. Scott studied at the University of Berlin and the University of Leipzig, receiving a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) from Leipzig in 1873. While in Germany, he assisted the historian George Bancroft, then American minister to Germany, in preparing the tenth volume of History of the United States. 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 as president of Rutgers in 1891. Scott returned to teaching in 1906 and also served as the Mayor of New Brunswick from 1912 to 1915.

Source: From the finding aid for C0538