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George S. Scott

George Stuart Scott, a mineralogist and mineral dealer, was born in New London, Connecticut on June 2, 1865, the son of Lillian Taylor and George (H.?) Scott, a mariner (b. 1837/8 in England or Scotland). New London was a major seaport in those days, and for several decades beginning in the early 19th century it had been one of the world's three busiest whaling ports.

By 1894 George had obtained his schooling (his son's obituary says he was a mining engineer), and married Eliza Leeds Gallup (1867-1938) in Chicago. They lived there for a time, and their son, David Gallup Scott (1901-1949), was born there. Eliza's father, David Leeds Gallup, was treasurer of the Santa Fe Railroad; the town of Gallup, New Mexico is named for him. The 1900 census reports that George and Eliza were living with her widowed father (and two live-in servants) in Chicago, at 456 Elm Street, where George worked as a "publisher's manager."

By 1910 George had risen to become publisher himself of a small publishing company in New York City, where the extended family lived comfortably together on West 71st Street. His father-in-law was still actively involved as the controller of the Santa Fe Railroad, so the family was prosperous with two incomes.

By 1915 the family had all moved to 55 East Main Street in Mystic, Connecticut, David Gallup's birthplace. It was there that George (now age 50) started his mineral business. He advertised in Mining & Engineering World: "Mineral specimens of any kind bought and sold ... I buy and sell mineral collections." A few months later, in 1916, he rented office space at 20 Nassau Street in New York City, where he remained for several years, commuting from his residence in Mystic. In 1917 he sold two clusters of native copper crystals to the American Museum of Natural History, and he sold a superb copper (pictured here) to William Boyce Thompson, which also ended up at the American Museum. In 1918, the fledgling American Mineralogist, founded just two years before, published George's article on "Iridescent quartz from New York City."

In 1923 the American Mineralogist announced: "Attention is called to the change of address of George S. Scott, dealer in high grade mineral specimens and rare ores, from 20 Nassau St., to 342 Madison Ave., New York City." Perhaps he needed more space and a classier address for his business; but he was not to enjoy it for long.

The Proceedings of the New York Mineralogical Club's Annual Meeting, held April 16, 1924, carried the following announcement: "The secretary called the attention of the Club to the recent death of Mr. George S. Scott, a former active and enthusiastic member and one whose loss will be greatly felt." Scott had died April 13, at the age of 58, and was buried in Mystic.

Scott's father-in-law, David Gallup, had died two months earlier, having come to be known as the "grand old man" of the Santa Fe Railroad, and having served as controller of the system for 23 years. He died on February 9, 1924 in New York City, in his 82nd year, and was by that time one of the best known men in the New York railroad, financial and banking district.

George's widow Eliza lived on for another 14 years, residing with her unmarried sister Agnes in New London, Connecticut.

Cook County, Illinois Marriage Records.
U.S. Federal Census 1880, 1900, 1910, 1920.
New York City Directories.
Obituary Records of Graduates of Yale University 1948-1949.
Annual Reports of the American Museum of Natural History.
Annual Report of the New York Mineralogical Club.
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The Mineralogical Record - George S. Scott Ad for George S. Scott in the December 1915 issue of Mining & Engineering World. Note Mystic, Connecticut address.
The Mineralogical Record - George S. Scott Ad for George S. Scott in the June 1916 issue of Mining & Engineering World. Note New York City address of 20 Nassau Street, as on his labels dated 1919-1921.
The Mineralogical Record - George S. Scott Superb native copper specimen (30 cm, about 1 foot) from the Michigan copper mines. It was purchased from Scott by William Boyce Thompson (1869-1930) for $125, and is now part of the collection of the American Museum of Natural History.
The Mineralogical Record - George S. Scott George S. Scott labels, dated on the back (from top down) 1919 (39 x 55 mm), 1920 (45 x 57 mm), 1921 ((36 x 65 mm), and undated (51 x 72 mm).
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