General Winfield Scott Hancock (leaning against the tree) and staff (photo by Mathew Brady, 1861-65)
While we're waiting for the 2012 presidential election let's take a look at some of the previous races to the White House. This month's resident loser is Winfield Hancock. The year is 1880.
Some notes about W.S. Hancock:
- According to the W.S. Hancock Society (yes he’s got his own society) the General is not related to John - let’s sign the Declaration of Independence with a large and stylish signature - Hancock.
- He was named after Winfield Scott, a prominent general in the War of 1812.
- He was known to his army colleagues as "Hancock the Superb" and to his adversaries as the “Thunderbolt of the Army of the Potomac”.
- He supervised the execution of the Lincoln assassination conspirators.
- In 1870 he provided a military escort for an expedition which would finally lead to the creation of Yellowstone National Park.
Winfield Scott Hancock
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