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Scofield, Cyrus Ingerson (1843-1921), churchman and editor of the Scofield Reference Bible  

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Scofield, Cyrus Ingerson (19 August 1843–24 July 1921), churchman and editor of the Scofield Reference Bible, was born near Clinton, Michigan, the son of Elias Scofield and Abigail Goodrich, pioneer farmers and sawmill owner/operators. His mother died shortly after his birth, and he was raised by his stepmother. No information is available about his education. In 1861 Scofield joined the Confederacy in the Seventh Regiment, Company H, Tennessee Infantry. Apparently he had moved to Wilson County, east of Nashville, Tennessee, to be with his sister Laura, perhaps after his stepmother’s death in 1859. After the expiration of his one-year enlistment, he was released from the service, and he dropped into obscurity until 1866, when he appeared in St. Louis, Missouri, doing case work in the law office of Sylvester Pappen, the husband of his oldest sister, Emeline. In the same year he married Leontene Cerré, the daughter of a prominent French family in St. Louis. In the late 1860s he settled in Atchison, Kansas, where he pursued a dual career in law and Republican politics. Admitted to the Kansas bar in 1869, he was elected to the lower house of the Kansas legislature in 1871 and 1872 and was U.S. attorney for the district of Kansas in 1873. For undisclosed reasons, though probably related to alcohol abuse, Scofield left his promising career and returned to St. Louis in 1879, leaving behind his wife, who secured a divorce decree in 1883, and two children....