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John Walter Scott

Born: 2-Nov-1845
Birthplace: London, England
Died: 4-Jan-1919
Location of death: New York City
Cause of death: unspecified

Gender: Male
Religion: Anglican/Episcopalian
Race or Ethnicity: White
Occupation: Stamp Collector, Business

Nationality: United States
Executive summary: Father of American Philately

John Walter Scott began collecting stamps in his teens in London, and after coming to America he organized the first stamp collectors' auctions. In June 1867 he published his first of fifteen monthly one-page stamp price lists, which evolved into the first Scott catalog, A Descriptive Catalogue of America and Foreign Postage Stamps, published in 1868. The Scott Standard Postage Stamp Catalogue remains essential to stamp collectors, and collectible postage stamps are still referenced by their "Scott numbers".

Son: Walter Stone Scott (stamp auctioneer, b. 17-Feb-1871, d. 29-Oct-1948)

    American Philatelic Society Hall of Fame 1941
    American Journal of Philately Publisher (1868-89)
    Metropolitan Philatelist Publisher (1890-1915)
    Coin Collector's Journal Publisher (1875-88)
    Collectors Club of New York
    New York Philatelic Society
    Scott Publishing Co. Founder
    Scott Stamp and Coin Co. Founder
    American Philatelic Society President (1917-19)
    Naturalized US Citizen 1863
    English Ancestry

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