Fred Newton Scott (1860-1931) was an American writer, educator and rhetorician.


One of Dewey's less heralded contributions to Michigan was his collaboration with Fred Newton Scott, who was responsible for creating the first college course in journalism and who went on to found the distinctive Department of Rhetoric at Michigan in 1903. Scott matriculated to the University of Michigan in 1880, and before graduating in 1884, he helped found the student newspaper the Michigan Argonaut and was a member of the Philosophical Society. Scott impressed Dewey as a "clever writer as well as a thorough student." Following graduation, Scott worked as a newspaper editor before returning to Ann Arbor and earning a Ph.D. in 1889 and an appointment as an instructor in English.

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