|19th Governor of Wisconsin|
January 4, 1897 – January 7, 1901
|Lieutenant||Jesse Stone, Emil Baensch|
|Preceded by||William H. Upham|
|Succeeded by||Robert M. La Follette, Sr.|
|Member of the Wisconsin Senate
from the 1st district
|Succeeded by||John Fetzer|
March 28, 1842|
|Died||February 3, 1925
|Spouse(s)||Agnes Potter Scofield|
|Allegiance||United States of America|
|Unit||11th Pennsylvania Reserve Regiment|
|Battles/wars||American Civil War|
Scofield was born in Clearfield, Pennsylvania. He become a printer's apprentice at a newspaper in Indiana, Pennsylvania, and worked in the newspaper business for a number of years.
Scofield fought in the American Civil War as a member of the 11th Pennsylvania Reserve Regiment. Commissioned a Lieutenant, after the Battle of South Mountain he was promoted to captain. He participated in all the battles and marches of his regiment up to the Battle of the Wilderness on May 5, 1864, where he was taken prisoner and incorrectly reported as dead. He was a prisoner for ten months, during which time he was held in southern prisons before being released at Wilmington, North Carolina on March 1, 1865. He was promoted to Major after his release.
After his recuperation from illness, Scofield moved to Oconto, Wisconsin, where he entered the lumber business.He entered politics when he was elected to the Wisconsin State Senate in 1886, beating Democrat Amos Holgate.
Scofield entered the gubernatorial race as a conservative against progressive Republican Robert La Follette. Winning the Republican nomination on the sixth ballot, he defeated his Democratic opponent in the general election. During his tenure, hee introduced the first governor's budget in Wisconsin, established a central accounting system, and oversaw revision of the state's banking laws. He increased public school funding and helped raise troops to serve in the Spanish-American War. After completing a second term in office, he returned to his business interests in Oconto.
The last of several Civil War veterans to serve as Governor of Wisconsin, Scofield died in his home in Oconto on February 3, 1925 (age 82 years, 312 days). He is interred at Evergreen Cemetery in Oconto, Wisconsin.
Scofield married Agnes Potter and they had three children, Julia, Paul, and George.
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