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Scott, Leslie Grant

Main entryScott, Leslie Grant
Birth placeChicago, Illinois, USA
Birth date28 December 1886 or April 1887
Death placelikely New York City
Death dateafter 1953
Birth nameLeslie Grant
Married nameScott
Marital statusmarried
Religious affiliationAnglican
Other workofficer's wife
BiographyDuring her childhood, Leslie Grant (c1887-??) would have been constantly reminded of the importance of her hometown, Chicago, especially after she moved in with her maternal grandparents after both parents' untimely deaths in the early 1890s. Her maternal grandfather and Chicago pioneer, Fernando Jones, was an outspoken authority on the city's history. Ever a vibrant character, he was known to dress in native regalia, and claimed to be able to speak Pottowatamie fluently from having interacted with local native groups as a boy. Fernando's wife, Jane Graham Jones, was also greatly involved in the city's politics as the president of the Illinois Women Suffrage Association, as was their daughter Genevieve Graham Jones (c1858-1894), delegate of the National Woman Suffrage Association. Little is known about Leslie's father, an Irish immigrant named George Roswell Grant (1852-1892) who seems to have been a lawyer. Leslie attended private schools in Chicago followed by finishing school in New York, before rounding out her cultural education with private tuition in Europe. In 1907, she married Captain Reginald Thomas Maitland Scott (1882-1966), a Canadian military officer whose eventual employment as an engineer with the International Marine Signal Company of Canada led Leslie on travels to India, Burma, and Ceylon for four years. In Asia she became a collector of Eastern art and antiques as well as a student of tropical diseases. Her interest in this latter topic may have been inspired by her own brush with death while overseas. In "Dying as a Liberation of Consciousness," published in 1931 in the journal for the American Society for Psychical Research, she later recounted in detail how she had died after suffering an illness abroad. Her testimony continues to be a popular case-study of near-death-experiences and out-of-body experiences. While in India, Leslie and Reginald also welcomed their only son. R.T.M. Jr., or "Robert" as they called him, would later fight and die in the Second World War. As a young family, the Scotts returned to Ottawa after having spent some time in Australia and Italy. During the First World War, Reginald served overseas in Belgium, until a head injury brought him back home. In the meantime, Leslie had become active in the Art Association and had turned her attention towards writing. The sonnets and verses in her only book, THE LIGHT OF GENIUS (1912), reflect her international experience as well as her fascination with things unseen and the mysteries of love. The family moved to the United States after the close of the war, and Reginald began to write professionally. His character "Secret Service Smith" first appeared in Adventure magazine in 1920. In 1933, he wrote the first two issues of The Spider comic series. The stories were published by Popular Publications in New York, where son R.T.M. Jr. worked as assistant editor. Leslie seems to have lived in New York at least until the mid-1950s.
TravelIndia; Burma; Ceylon; Australia; Italy
Other notesLittle is known about Popular Publications other than that they were located at 210 East 43rd St. Listed on the 1953 Members of the American Psychosomatic Society is a "Mrs. Leslie Grant Scott" living in New York City.
ResidencesIndia, Burma, Ceylon (c1907-c1911); Australia and Italy (c1911-c1914); Ottawa, Ontario (1914-); New York City, New York (1930)
Geographic regionsOntario
Primary genrespoetry
Father's nameGeorge Roswell Grant
Life dates of father22 August 1852, Ireland - 6 September 1892, Chicago, Illinois
Father's notelawyer; immigrated c1876
Mother's nameGenevieve ("Jennie") Graham Jones
Life dates of motherc1858, Chicago, Illinois - 27 February 1894, Chicago, Illinois
Mother's notedaughter of Fernando Jones and Jane Graham; with mother, co-founded Twentieth Century Club, for Chicago's distinguished writers and artists; suffrage representative to the International Woman's Rights Congress at Paris in 1878
Spouse 1Captain Reginald Thomas Maitland Scott
Life dates of spouse 114 August 1882, Woodstock, Ontario - 1966
Spouse 1 noteofficer in Canadian military; installing engineer for International Marine Signal Company of Canada; creator of "Secret Service Smith" character and author of first two The Spider comics
Marriage 1 date23 January 1907
Marriage 1 placeChicago, Illinois
Children number1
Children's names and datesReginald ("Robert") Thomas Maitland, Jr. (23 May 1909 - 28 August 1945), m. to Willa
Biographical referencesWOMAN'S WHO'S WHO OF AMERICA (1914-15); Anthony, HISTORY OF WOMAN SUFFRAGE Vol. III (1886); Clippings on Illinois Women Suffrage Association (Fernando Jones Scrapbook) 1875, ENCYCLOPEDIA OF CHICAGO, Chicago Historical Society (Web, 2005); 1900 United States Federal Census; 1930 United States Federal Census
Bibliographic referencesWatters, CHECKLIST OF CANADIAN LITERATURE...1620-1960 (1970), p. 178
Research referencescomplete
Image creditsLine drawing by Una Vernelli (Vancouver, British Columbia).
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