Scott, Winfield (1786–1866), U.S. political and military leader, known as “Old Fuss and Feathers” for his obsession with procedure and detail and for his elaborate uniforms. Scott became a hero in the War of 1812. He was active in the Indian wars and in 1846 was appointed a commander in the Mexican War. He captured Mexico City. In 1852 he was the unsuccessful Whig presidential candidate. He commanded the Union Army until 1861.