SCOTT, FRANK A. (22 Mar. 1873-15 Apr. 1949), businessman and civic leader, was born in Cleveland to Robert Crozier and Sarah Ann Warr Scott. At 18 he began working for a railroad company, moving into increasingly responsible positions. From 1899-1905 he was secretary of the Cleveland Chamber of Commerce, and from 1905-09, secretary and treasurer of Superior Savings & Trust Co. In 1909 he joined WARNER & SWASEY CO., within a few years rising from secretary to vice-president, serving as president and chairman of the board from 1920-28. Prior to U.S. involvement in WORLD WAR I, Scott advocated military preparedness, in 1916 becoming a member of the U.S. Naval Consulting Board. When the U.S. entered the war, Scott was appointed chairman of the Munitions Standards Board by the Council of Natl. Defense. He had to resign later that year because of poor health, but maintained his rank of colonel and was honorary advisor to the Army Industrial College, receiving the Distinguished Service Medal in 1919. Scott was vice-president of ASSOCIATED CHARITIES, and treasurer and vice-president of Lakeside Hospital. He played a leading role in the building fund drive for UNIVERSITY HOSPITALS, becoming hospital president in 1928. As a trustee of WRU and member of the Corp. of Case Institute of Technology, Scott attempted to merge the two institutions (see CASE WESTERN RESERVE UNIVERSITY).

Scott married Bertha B. Dynes in 1886 (d. 1909); they had three children: Katherine (Ridley), Chester, and Eleanor (Neally). He then married Faith Alice Fraser in 1911 (d. 1936); they had two children, Faith Elizabeth (Taylor) and Malcom Fraser. His last marriage was to Dulcie Schiflet in 1938. Scott died in Mentor.

Finding Aid for the Frank A. Scott Papers, Series I, WRHS.

Finding Aid for the Frank A. Scott Papers, Series II, WRHS.

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