William J. Worth
William Jenkins Worth (1794-1849) - Born 1 Mar 1794 in Hudson, New York. A U.S. Army officer who served in the War of 1812, the Second Seminole War and the Mexican War. He rose to the rank of Brevet Major General. He died of cholera on 7 May 1849, in San Antonio, Texas.
Worth was commissioned during the War of 1812 and was severely wounded in the Niagara campaign. He was named Commandant of Cadets at the United States Military Academy and served there from 1820 to 1828. In 1838 he was promoted to Colonel and put in command of the newly formed 8th U.S. Infantry. He served in the Second Seminole War with the 8th U.S. Infantry and brought that conflict to an end in 1842. He was made Brevet brigadier general in 1842. During the Mexican War he commanded the 1st Division under General Winfield Scott and distinguished himself at Mexico City.
General Worth was in command of the Department of Texas in San Antonio, Texas, when he died of Cholera on 7 May 1849. His body was interred in Worth Square, New York City, where a monument commemorates his service. The town and the fort at Fort Worth, Texas, were named for him as are several other communities