WOOD, Abiel

1772–1834

Biography

WOOD, Abiel, a Representative from Massachusetts; born in Wiscasset, Maine (then a district of Massachusetts), July 22, 1772; attended the common schools; engaged in mercantile pursuits; member of the Massachusetts house of representatives 1807-1811, and again in 1816; elected as a Republican to the Thirteenth Congress (March 4, 1813-March 3, 1815); unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1814 to the Fourteenth Congress; delegate to the constitutional convention of Maine in 1819; State councilor of Maine in 1820 and 1821; resumed mercantile pursuits and also engaged in shipping; bank commissioner for Maine until his death in Belfast, Waldo County, Maine, October 26, 1834; interment in Woodlawn Cemetery, Wiscasset, Lincoln County, Maine.

View Record in the Biographical Directory of the U.S. Congress

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External Research Collections

Maine Historical Society

Portland, ME
Papers: 1797-1819, 6 items. Correspondence from Abiel Wood concerning shipping matters and seizures of ships by French and English pirates. The papers include a letter (1819 Aug. 30) from Wood to Jacob Barker, a creditor from New York. Vessels represented include the schooner Polly.

New England Historic Genealogical Society
R. Stanton Avery Special Collections Department

Boston, MA
Papers: In the John Hannibal Sheppard Papers, 1791-1873, 4 linear feet. Subjects include Abiel Wood.
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