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Winfield Scott Hancock

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Winfield Scott Hancock
Personal details
Born(1824-02-14)February 14, 1824
Montgomeryville, Pennsylvania, U.S.
DiedFebruary 9, 1886(1886-02-09) (aged 61)
New York City, U.S.
Resting placeMontgomery Cemetery
Political partyDemocratic
Almira Russell
(m. 1850)
EducationUnited States Military Academy (BS)
Military service
Nickname(s)Hancock the Superb
Allegiance United States
Branch/service U.S. Army (Union Army)
Years of service1844–1886
Rank Major general
CommandsII Corps
Battles/warsMexican-American War
American Civil War[1]

Winfield Scott Hancock (February 14, 1824 – February 9, 1886) was a United States Army officer and the Democratic nominee for President of the United States in 1880. He served in the Mexican–American War and as a Union general in the American Civil War. He was known for his leadership at the Battle of Gettysburg in 1863.

Hancock lost the 1880 elected to Republican James A. Garfield by a small margin.

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