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There are 133 vital records available on MyHeritage for Rev. Dr. John Witherspoon Scott, Jr., including birth records, marriage records, and death records. Vital records are historical records that are typically recorded around the actual time of the event, which means they are likely accurate. Vital records include information like the event date and place, and the person's occupation and residence. Vital records also often include information about the person's relatives. For example, birth and marriage records include names of parents and divorce records list the names of children.
The Rev. Dr. John Witherspoon Scott (January 22, 1800-November 29, 1892) was an American Presbyterian minister and academic whose daughter, Caroline Harrison became first lady of the United States as wife of Benjamin Harrison. Scott was the son of George McElroy and Anna (Rea) Scott and was born in Beaver County, Pennsylvania. Educated at Yale University, he became the first professor of science at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. He was ultimately fired from that position during the presidency of George Junkin for his anti-slavery views. After teaching in Cincinnati, he returned to Oxford, Ohio in 1849 as the first president of a Presbyterian women's college known as the Oxford Female Institute from which his daughter Caroline graduated in 1852. Scott presided over the wedding of his daughter to the future U.S. President Benjamin Harrison in 1853. Dr. Scott later served as president of the Oxford Female College and as professor at Hanover College. He resided with President and Mrs. Harrison in the White House and died there in 1892, about a month after his daughter's death.