Biography of C. Scott Rowley
Lucas County, OH Biographies

C. Scott Rowley, one of the foremost members of the Toledo bar, has become widely and favorably known in legal circles throughout the country as an author and instructor and is a representative of that higher type of the profession who recognize the relation of the law to the grave civic and political problems of the nation, and therefore direct their reading and thought along those lines which affect the general interests of society and promote the welfare of the country at large. He was born at North Fairfield, in Huron county, Ohio. September 6, 1878, and his parents were Charles and Elizabeth (Stevens) Rowley, both of whom were natives of New York state. They came to Ohio in early life, the mother arriving in this state when but eight years of age, and here she was married. The father first devoted his attention to merchandising but later became interested in financial affairs, establishing a bank at North Fairfield, of which he served as president until his demise, The mother has also passed away. To Mr. and Mrs. Rowley were born five children, four of whom survive, namely: Edward F., a prominent banker of Toledo; Arthur E., a resident of Norwalk, Ohio; L. A., a successful attorney of this city; and C. Scott.

In the acquirement of an education C. Scott Rowley attended the public schools of North Fairfield. Ohio, afterward becoming a student at Hiram College, from which he was graduated in 1900, winning the Litt. B. degree. He then entered the Cleveland Law School, which in 1902 conferred upon him the degree of LL B., and Ain that year began practice at Norwalk, Ohio, where he remained until 1906. Coming to this city, he established the Toledo Law School, now known as the Y. M. C. A. Law School, of which he became dean; and continued at its head until 1913. In 1916 he was called to the University of Colorado at Boulder as professor of law, He afterward became a member of the faculty of the University of Indiana, filling a, chair of law at that institution until September, 1919, and gaining recognition as an able instructor. In 1918 he enlisted in the army, and was in camp at Fort Sheridan, Illinois, until shortly before the signing of the armistice. In 1920 he was made law director of Toledo under the Shrieber administration and he now holds the consularship for Peru, South America, at Toledo. As an author he has made valuable contribution to the legal profession, publishing a two volume work on "The Law of Partnership," in 1916, and in recognition of his superior intellectual attainments the University of Toledo conferred upon him the honorary degree of Doctor of Laws in 1918. He is associated in practice with his brother, L. A. Rowley, and they have built upon an extensive and representative clientele.

On the 14th of December, 1904, Mr. Rowley married Miss Bertha King, a daughter of Mr, and Mrs, Ralph R, King, then prominent residents of Norwalk, Ohio. Mr, and Mrs. Rowley have one daughter, Helen, who was born in that city in 1905 and is now a student at the Scott high school of Toledo, Mr. Rowley is a member of the Central Christian church and is also a member of Phi Delta Phi, a college fraternity, the Toledo Post of the American Legion and the Toledo Commerce Club. Mr, Rowley is independent in his political views and in 1911 he served as campaign manager for Brand Whitlock, the noted municipal reformer, author and diplomat, who in 1913 was appointed by President Wilson as United States minister to Belgium, in which connection he won an international reputation for tact, zeal and efficiency. His well rounded character, finely balanced mind and comprehensive knowledge and the law have gained for Mr. Rowley a position of leadership in his profession and his name is inscribed high on the keystone of the legal arch of the state.

Toledo and Lucas County, Ohio
BY: John M. Killits, A.M., LL.D.
S. J. Clarke Publishing Company
Chicago and Toledo

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