|Winfield Scott 1|
During a forty-seven year career in the military, Winfield had his high points and low points. A low point was being captured by the British in the War of 1812. Another low point was supervising the Indian Removal from
Scott’s conscience troubled him about the removal, but he had to follow the orders he’d been given; he’d only been in the army thirty years by that point, and was still seventeen years away from retirement.
Scott did pretty much the same thing for the Whig Party he’d done for the Mexicans: after 1852, the party split, some joining the Democrats, and some forming the Republican party.
Franklin Pierce: 254
Winfield Scott: 42
1. If I may be permitted to footnote a picture, I'd like to comment on the unaccountable penchant for military leaders to pose for portraits with one hand inside their coats. The most plausible explanation I can come up with is that it saved the artist the trouble of painting fingers.