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Scott, Winfield

Born: 1786-06-13 Virginia

Died: 1866-05-29 West Point, New York

Widely known as "Old Fuss and Feathers," Scott was a U.S. Army general and a renowned American military hero. He commanded forces in the War of 1812, the Black Hawk War, and the Mexican-American War. He was appointed the Army's commanding general in 1841 and held the post through the beginning of the Civil War, retiring in October 1861. He ran as the Whig candidate for president in 1852 but lost to Democrat Franklin Pierce.

John S. D. Eisenhower, Agent of Destiny: The Life and Times of General Winfield Scott (Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, 1997); Timothy D. Johnson, Winfield Scott: The Quest for Military Glory (Lawrence: University of Kansas Press, 1998).