Frank Edgar Scobey

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Frank Edgar Scobey
Frank Edgar Scobey
Director of the United States Mint
In office
March 1922 – September 1923
PresidentWarren Harding
Calvin Coolidge
Preceded byRaymond T. Baker
Succeeded byRobert J. Grant

Frank Edgar Scobey (1866–1931) was Director of the United States Mint from 1922 to 1923.


Frank Edgar Scobey was born in Miami County, Ohio on February 27, 1866, the son of William Scobey and Martha J. (Vandeveer) Scobey.[1] He attended public schools in Troy, Ohio.[1]

After school, Scobey secured a position as Troy agent for Standard Oil.[2] Scobey later fell ill and sold his business, spending three full years traveling to try to improve his health, wintering in Florida and Texas.[2] He married Mayme Barrington of Covington, Ohio on May 7, 1889.[2] He formed a livery business with his uncle, J. F. Vandeveer, in 1894.[2]

As a young man, Scobey was active in the Miami County Republican Party.[1] In 1897, he was elected sheriff of Miami County. He was re-elected, holding office until his resignation in January 1902.[1]

A supporter of U.S. Senator Joseph B. Foraker, Scobey then became Clerk of the Ohio Senate through Foraker's influence.[3] During this period, Scobey became a personal friend of Warren G. Harding, who was a member of the Ohio Senate from 1899 to 1903.[4] Scobey maintained a correspondence with Harding even after Scobey moved to San Antonio in 1907 to found the Scobey Fireproof Storage Co.[5]

When Harding became President of the United States in the 1920 U.S. presidential election, he appointed Scobey Director of the United States Mint.[5] He held that office from March 1922 until September 1923.

Scobey died in San Antonio in 1931.


  1. ^ a b c d Mercer, James Kazerta; Rife, Edward K. (1903). Representative Men of Ohio, 1900-1903. J. K. Mercer.
  2. ^ a b c d Thomas C. Harbaugh, Centennial History of Troy, Piqua, and Miami County (Chicago: Richmond-Arnwed Publishing Co., 1909)
  3. ^ "Texas "Mystery Man" to Entertain Harding", The New York Times, Nov. 4, 1921
  4. ^ "Texas "Mystery Man" to Entertain Harding", The New York Times, Nov. 5, 1920
  5. ^ a b Robert K. Murray, The Harding Era (Toronto: Copp Clark Publishing Co., 1969), p. 21
Government offices
Preceded by Director of the United States Mint
March 1922 – September 1923
Succeeded by