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About Walter Quincy Scott
Walter Quincy Scott was born of Scotch Presbyterian ancestry, the sixth of twelve children born to Abram McLean Scott and Julia Anne Boyer. His grandfather and great-grandfather were soldiers in the War of the American Revolution. His father was a teacher, a lawyer, and a local leader, and was actively involved in the education of his large family of children. When Walter was eleven years old the family moved to Fairfield, Iowa.
On 14 Dec 1863, Walter enlisted as a Private at the age of 18. He mustered in Co M 4th Iowa Cavalry on 21 Jan 1864. Was promoted to Full Hospital Steward on 2 Aug 1864. Mustered out with non-commissioned staff on 10 Aug 1865 at Atlanta, Georgia. Walter was at Memphis, Tupelo, Big Blue, Marais des Cygnes, Webber's Falls, Ebenezer Church, Selma, Columbus, and in other engagements, which including Sherman's march to the sea. Walter was a member of G.A.R. Lafayette Post #140 in New York.
Soon after his discharge from the army, Walter entered Lafayette College in Easton, Pennsylvania. He graduated valedictorian in 1869 and was a member of the faculty of that college when 24 years old; a tutor of Ancient Languages and Adjunct Professor of Latin Language and Literature. Later he studied theology at the Union Theological Seminary in New York City and became an ordained Presbyterian minister in 1873.
In 1874 Walter married Cornelia Edgar, daughter of Rev. William H Edgar. That same year he was called to the pastorate of the Arch Street Presbyterian Church in Philadelphia and four years later came to Wooster University at Wooster, Ohio, as a professor of mental and moral philosophy and political economy. At the age of 36 he became the second President of Ohio State University, serving two years from 1881-1883. He was also a professor of philosophy and political economy.
In 1884 Walter became the fifth principal of Phillips Exeter Academy in Exeter, New Hampshire. He held this post for five years, after which he accepted the pastorate of the First Presbyterian Church at Albany, New York, where he remained three years. In 1909 he was made president emeritus by the Board of Trustees at Ohio State University. During the next decade, he devoted himself to the education of his children and to his own private studies. During another ten years, Walter was professor of church history and ethnic religions at the Bible Teachers' Training School of New York City,
In 1912 he retired from active life. Walter and Cornelia moved to Ellensburg, Washington, to be near their son, Walter Quincy Scott Jr. Walter died in Ellensburg at the age of 71 years 4 months. He was survived by Cornelia, who died in 1940; son Walter Quincy Jr who was living in Montana., daughter Edith, wife of Dr. F.W. Davis, and daughter Cornelia, wife of Dr. W.H. Bull, who were both living in Pennsylvania.