William J. Worth (1794-1849)
William Jenkins Worth was a major general in the U.S. army during the War of 1812 and the Mexican War. General Winfield Scott took a liking to him and selected him as aide-de-camp. President Polk brevetted him a brigadier general for gallantry at the battle of Palaklaklaha, against the Seminoles. At the outbreak of the war with Mexico, Worth was sent to join Zachary Taylor. Although Worth was an indomitable force in the field, his character and personality caused his undoing. He began a vicious campaign against Scott, who had shown him every kindness, discrediting Scott until the general had to put Worth under arrest. His truculent, defiant, and insulting behavior robbed him of the prestige of his accomplishments in battle. While in Texas he died of cholera in 1849.
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