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Hugh Lenox Scott

Hugh Lenox Scott



Hugh Lenox Scott (1853–1934)
CLASS OF 1876

After graduating from West Point, Scott spent the next two decades of his military career in the frontier cavalry, capped by five years recruiting and commanding an Apache, Kiowa, and Comanche cavalry troop. He later wrote a definitive treatise on the sign language of the Plains Indians under the auspices of the Smithsonian Institution’s Bureau of American Ethnology.

The Spanish-American War shifted Scott’s career in new directions. From 1898 to 1906, he served first as adjutant general in Cuba, then as a military governor in the Philippines. He returned to a four-year term as superintendent of West Point.

After commanding cavalry along the Mexican border, Scott came to Washington in 1914 as army chief of staff. He directed war preparations and helped develop the Selective Service System of conscription.



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Hugh Samuel Johnson
Hugh Samuel Johnson
1882–1942
Class of 1903



Hugh Lenox Scott
Hugh Lenox Scott
1853–1934
Class of 1876



Enoch Herbert Crowder
Enoch Herbert Crowder
1859–1932
Class of 1881





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