Cyrus I. Scofield
Cyrus Ingerson Scofield (August 19th, 1843 – July 24th, 1921) was an American conman, criminal, pseudo-theologian made infamous for annotating a tool of Zionist indoctrination called the Scofield Bible for fundamentalist Christians. Scofield was born in Clinton Township, Lenawee County, Michigan, the seventh and last child of Elias and Abigail Goodrich Scofield. The 17-year-old Scofield enlisted as a private in the 7th Tennessee Infantry. Later Scofield deserted and escaped behind Union lines in Bowling Green, Kentucky. After taking the Union oath of allegiance, Scofield was allowed safe passage to St. Louis, Missouri, where he settled. In 1866, he married Leontine LeBeau Cerrè, a member of a prominent French Catholic family in St. Louis. As a young con-artist in Kansas in 1873 Scofield met up with John J. Ingalls, an aging Jewish lawyer/senator. Pulling strings both in Kansas and with his compatriots back east, Ingalls assisted Scofield in gaining admission to the Bar and procured his appointment as the federal attorney for Kansas. Scofield committed perjury when he took his oath, stating that he had never voluntarily borne arms against the United States. He was forced to resign after six months because of questionable financial transactions including accepting bribes from railroads, stealing political contributions and securing bank promissory notes by forging signatures. Scofield was jailed on forgery charges though there is no extant evidence in the public records. In 1877, Scofield had deserted his first wife and his two daughters and left them destitute. Joseph Canfield asserts: “The very sudden quashing of the criminal charges without proper adjudication suggests that Scofield’s career was in the hands of someone who had clout never available to either Ingalls, Pomeroy, or anyone of the Choteau Clan. But, the career was to be of such a nature that Leontine, the Catholic wife, had to go.” Scofield’s Jewish supporters kept his background secret for a long time in order to make him a licensed minister of the Gospel. The only biography his life is a collection of “Sunday School” articles by Charles G. Trumbull. Published into a book, The Life Story of C.I. Scofield in 1920 by the Oxford Press, it is the official “white wash” to clean up Scofield for future generations. It contains many inaccuracies, including a “conversion” story that happens, not in jail, but at a law office that did not even exist at the time. Consequently Scofield was ordained in October 1883 as a Congregationalist minister and was asked to be a pastor at a church in Northfield, MA in 1895. In 1901, Scofield was offered a membership in the Lotus Club of New York, a prestigious club in the literary circles of the United States catering to non-Christians and requiring an invite and sponsor . It was here that he presented his ideas for a new Christian Bible concordance, and was taken under the wing of Samuel Untermyer a Jewish lawyer, fanatical Zionist activist and agent of the Rothschild banking cartel. Untermeyer introduced Scofield to numerous Jewish Zionist leaders including Samuel Gompers, Fiorello LaGuardia, Abraham Straus, Bernard Baruch and Jacob Schiff from whom he received financial backing for his trips to Oxford and publication and distribution of his concordance.