"The United States Army. General Worth."
William Jenkins Worth (March 1, 1794 – May 7, 1849)
Public DomainWilliam Jenkins Worth (March 1, 1794 – May 7, 1849) - Credit: Matthew B Brady

William Jenkins Worth was a United States general who fought in many of the critical battles of the Mexican-American War. When U.S. forces entered Mexico City towards the end of the war, Worth personally climbed the roof of the National Palace to replace the Mexican flag with the Stars and Stripes.

He assumed command of the Military Departments of Texas and New Mexico on December 26, 1848, and established his headquarters at San Antonio. He died during the cholera epidemic of that winter and spring on May 7, 1849.