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John Cowles Scofield
Chief Clerk, War Department
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ENDS 46 YEARS' SERVICE
War Department Chief Clerk is Honored By Secretary Hurley

WASHINGTON, December 30, 1931 - John C. Scofield, Senior Civil Service Employee of the War Department and Chief Clerk for the past 31 years, retired from active service today at the age of 70 years.  During 46 years in the War Department he served under sixteen secretaries of war.

Secretary Hurley this morning presented him with a letter of appreciation for his service, and a book of autographs and a watch were given to him by friends and fellow employees.


JOHN SCOFIELD DIES; EX-WAR DEPARTMENT CLERK
Served Under 16 Secretaries of War During 46-Year Tenure

WASHINGTON, January 22, 1944 – John Cowles Scofield, retired Chief Clerk of the War Department, who served under sixteen different Secretaries of War during his forty-six years of continuous service, died here today.  He was 83 years old.

Mr. Scofield, who was born on a farm in Vermont, first entered the War Department in 1884 as a clerk in the Surgeon General’s officer, and was made Chief Clerk of the Department in 1889.  Later, at the request of President Taft, under whom Mr. Scofield served when Mr. Taft was Secretary of War, Congress passed as act giving him the title of Assistant Secretary of War.

Mr. Scofield retired from the Department at the age of 70, but remained active as a director of a local building association.

Surviving are a son, Colonel Frank C. Scofield, on duty with the Transportation Division of the War Department, and two daughters, Mrs. Margaret S. Cline of Washington and Mrs. Clara S. Corcoran of Summit, New Jersey.

JC Scofield Gravesite PHOTO
Photo By Michael Robert Patterson, 1999
Section 15, Arlington National Cemetery

SCOFIELD, FLORENCE CLARK W/O JOHN C
DATE OF DEATH: 12/10/1917
DATE OF INTERMENT: Unknown
BURIED AT:   SITE 4
ARLINGTON NATIONAL CEMETERY
  WIFE OF JC SCOFIELD - ASSISTANT AND CHIEF CLERK WAR DEPATMENT

SCOFIELD, JOHN C
CHIEF CLERK
VETERAN SERVICE DATES: Unknown
DATE OF DEATH: 01/21/1944
DATE OF INTERMENT: 01/24/1944
BURIED AT: SECTION FT MY  SITE 4
ARLINGTON NATIONAL CEMETERY

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Posted: 16 December 2001 Updated: 14 June 2003 Updated: 21 August 2003 Updated: 18 September 2004 Updated: 30 March 2007
Updated: 17 October 2007 Updated: 19 December 2007

JC Scofield Gravesite PHOTO October 2007
Photo By: M. R. Patterson, October 2007

JC Scofield Gravesite PHOTO June 2003
Photo By M. R. Patterson, 28 June 2003