Emmett J. Scott, 1921

Emmett J. Scott, 1921
Courtesy MIT Museum

Emmett J. Scott, MIT Class of 1921

Emmett “Scottie” Jay Scott, Jr. ’21 majored in civil engineering at MIT. He served in World War I and was later appointed officer and field engineer for the Foreign Operations Administration at Amman, Trans-Jordan during the Eisenhower years.

His father, Emmett Jay Scott, had served as private secretary to Booker T. Washington at Tuskegee, as well as Howard University secretary-treasurer and co-founder of the National Negro Business League. During World War I President Woodrow Wilson appointed Scott, Sr. Special Assistant for Negro Affairs to the Secretary of War, the highest-ranking African American in the Woodrow administration.

Timeline: 1920s
School: School of Engineering
Department: Civil and Environmental Engineering
Career: EngineeringGovernment & LawMilitary
Object: Photograph
Collection: Booker T. Washington, Howard University, Middle East, Order of Operations 1921-1945, Students, Technique Yearbook, Tuskegee