WOODS, John

1794–1855

Biography

WOODS, John, a Representative from Ohio; born in Johnstown, Dauphin County, Pa., October 18, 1794; moved with his parents to Ohio, where he attended the common schools; served in the War of 1812; after the war operated a school near Springborough for two years; studied law; was admitted to the bar in 1819 and commenced the practice of his profession in Hamilton, Butler County, Ohio; prosecuting attorney of Butler County 1820-1825; elected to the Nineteenth and Twentieth Congresses (March 4, 1825-March 3, 1829); unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1828 to the Twenty-first Congress; became editor and publisher of the Hamilton Intelligencer in 1829; State auditor of Ohio from 1845 to 1851; president of the Cincinnati, Hamilton & Indianapolis Railroad; died in Hamilton, Ohio, July 30, 1855; interment in Greenwood Cemetery.

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

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External Research Collections

Cincinnati Historical Society

Cincinnati, OH
Papers: 1822-1855. 1/2 cubic foot. Correspondence, bills, receipts, and other papers relating to construction of canals and bridges in Ohio and personal and legal papers.

Dartmouth College
Rauner Special Collections Library

Hanover, NH
Papers: 1831, 7 pages. A letter from John Woods to Daniel Webster written on June 6, 1831. In the letter, Woods writes that Andrew Jackson is losing ground in Ohio. Kentucky will sustain friends of Clay. Wonders about Calhoun's feelings toward Van Buren and McLean.
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