Edward Scofield

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Edward Scofield
Edward Scofield.jpg
19th Governor of Wisconsin
In office
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
In office
Succeeded by John Fetzer
Personal details
Born (1842-03-28)March 28, 1842
Clearfield, Pennsylvania
Died February 3, 1925(1925-02-03) (aged 82)
Oconto, Wisconsin
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Agnes Potter Scofield
Children Julia Scofield
Paul Scofield
George Scofield
Profession lumberman, politician
Military service
Allegiance United States United States of America
Service/branch Union Army
Rank captain
Unit 11th Pennsylvania Reserve Regiment
Battles/wars American Civil War

Edward Scofield (March 28, 1842 – February 3, 1925) was an American politician who served as the 19th Governor of Wisconsin.[1]

Early life[edit]

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.[2] 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.[3]

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.

In 1896 Scofield was elected as the Governor of Wisconsin, beating Democrat Willis C. Silverthorn. He served two terms as the 19th governor of the state.[4]


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.

Family life[edit]

Scofield married Agnes Potter and they had three children, Julia, Paul, and George.[5]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ [1]
  2. ^ Wisconsin Blue Book, 1899 edition, page 748
  3. ^ Wisconsin Blue Book, 1887 edition, page 484
  4. ^ Wisconsin Blue Book, 1899 edition, page 748
  5. ^ "Edward Scofield". Oconto County WIGenWeb Project. Retrieved 28 May 2014. 

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Political offices
Preceded by
William H. Upham
19th Governor of Wisconsin
Succeeded by
Robert M. La Follette, Sr.