Person:Winfield Scott (7)

  1. Gen. Winfield Scott1786 - 1866
  2. Capt. James Scott
  • HGen. Winfield Scott1786 - 1866
  • WLucy Baker - 1816
m. 1812
  1. John Baker Scott1816 -
m. 11 Mar 1817
  1. Maria Mayo Scott1818 - 1833
  2. John Mayo Scott1819 - 1820
  3. Virginia Scott1821 - 1845
  4. Edward Winfield Scott1823 - 1827
  5. Cornelia Scott1825 - 1886
  6. Adeline Camilla Scott1834 - 1882
Facts and Events
Name Gen. Winfield Scott
Gender Male
Birth? 13 Jun 1786 Dinwiddie, Virginia, United States
Marriage 1812 Virginia, United Statesto Lucy Baker
Marriage 11 Mar 1817 Virginia, United Statesto Maria De Hart Mayo
Death? 29 May 1866 West Point, Orange, New York, United States
Reference Number? Q354759?

Winfield Scott was a United States Army general, and unsuccessful presidential candidate of the Whig Party in 1852.

Known as "Old Fuss and Feathers" and the "Grand Old Man of the Army," he served on active duty as a general longer than any other man in American history, and many historians rate him the best American commander of his time. Over the course of his forty-seven year career, he commanded forces in the War of 1812, the Mexican-American War, the Black Hawk War, the Second Seminole War, and, briefly, the American Civil War, conceiving the Union strategy known as the Anaconda Plan that would be used to defeat the Confederacy. He served as Commanding General of the United States Army for twenty years, longer than any other holder of the office. A national hero after the Mexican-American War, he served as military governor of Mexico City. Such was his stature that, in 1852, the United States Whig Party passed over its own incumbent President of the United States, Millard Fillmore, to nominate Scott in that year's United States presidential election. At a height of 6'5", he remains the tallest man ever nominated by a major party. Scott lost to Democrat Franklin Pierce in the general election, but remained a popular national figure, receiving a brevet promotion in 1856 to the rank of lieutenant general, becoming the first American since George Washington to hold that rank.

For more information, see the EN Wikipedia article Winfield Scott.

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