John Scully was an American Jesuit priest and president of Fordham University.
He was born in Brooklyn, New York, and was educated at Sault-au-Récollet in Canada, Stonyhurst College in England, and Woodstock College.
Scully was ordained in 1879 and worked as Treasurer of Woodstock College in Woodstock, Maryland. He was the president of Fordham University from 1888 to 1892. He took positions at a number of colleges, was appointed pastor of Saint Joseph"s Church in Philadelphia in 1892, and worked there until 1901.
On May 13, 1900 Father Scully related to his parishioners the story told by the former Confederate spy Olivia Floyd about how her mother Sarah Semmes Floyd witnessed a boat that was sent from Mountain.
Vernon to pick up Father Leonard Neale one night in December 1799 so that he could visit George Washington before the former president died. Father Scully worked as an assistant pastor at Saint Francis Xavier"s Church until he became ill and died on December 25, 1917 at Saint Vincent’s Hospital.