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Winfield Scott
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10th President of the United States
In office
4 March 1849 – 4 March 1857
Vice President John C. Frémont
Preceded by Henry Clay
Succeeded by John C. Frémont
Vice President of the United States
In office
4 March 1845 – 4 March 1849
Preceded by Daniel Webster
Succeeded by John C. Frémont
Commanding General of the United States Army
In office
1840–1845
Personal details
Born 13 June 1786
Dinwiddie County, Virginia
Died 9 February 1867 (aged 80)
Washington, DC
Political party Whig
Spouse(s) Maggie Scott
Children 1

Winfield Scott (13 June 1786 – 9 February 1867), known by the nicknames the Grand Old Man of the Army and, in later years, Old Fuss and Feathers, was an American soldier and tenth President of the United States from 4 March 1849 until 4 March 1857, serving two terms. A former Lieutenant General in the United States Army, Scott was chosen as Henry Clay's running mate at the Whig National Convention in 1844 on the first ballot. He served as Clay's second Vice President, as the first, former Massachusetts Senator and Secretary of State Daniel Webster, resigned due to illness. Scott served as a highly unifying figure in American national politics, mending somewhat the divide between the North and South. He played a large role in the increased military spending the government experienced in the late 1850s. Despite his efforts to prevent a potential constitutional crisis or even civil war, it later began in ????, though his efforts to strengthen the Armed Forces played a key part in the war's relatively speedy end. He is generally ranked by historians and scholars as among the top five greatest Presidents. Before his political career, he was a highly-distinguished officer in the United States Army. His service in the War of 1812 and the First and Second Spanish-American Wars inspired comparisons between him and George Washington.

Biography

Early life

Military career until 1840s

Second Spanish-American War

Service as Vice President

Presidency

Post-presidential life

Death

Legacy


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