Scott Joplin was born November 24, 1868 in New York City. Joplin, an American composer and pianist, was known as the King of Ragtime. Joplin performed all over Midwest in the 1880s but ended up living in Missouri. He studied at the George R. Smith College for Negroes with the hopes of becoming a concert pianist and classical composer. Joplin lived a great life as he was one of the most successful ragtime artist.