A Brief History of Olin Scott
Olin Scott was one of Bennington’s best known industrialists of the 19th century. Inventor, manufacturer, and devoted citizen, Scott’s machinery was employed throughout the country and abroad. His generosity in civic and educational affairs is still recognized in our community today.
Born in Bennington in 1832, Olin Scott received only a basic early education at district schools. He soon showed a pattern of diligence, enterprise, and self education that over the course of his life would set him apart from his peers. Scott became a prosperous mill owner and manufacturer by the time he was thirty- two years old. Active in community affairs, he was one of the original organizers of the plan to build the Bennington Battle Monument. He served as auditor of the Town of Bennington for many years, and did much to further the cause of education.The determination and inventiveness that Scott brought to his work are clear and the success of his business were based primarily on merits brought to it by Scott himself.
At the time of his death, Olin Scott's will provided for the establishment of a trust fund through which deserving young men could acquire an education, trade or profession. A scholarship fund in his name, the Olin Scott Fund, still exists to help provide the youth of this community with the training and education that meant so much to Scott. Through his generosity, hundreds of young men have received assistance in furthering their education.