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George Washington Woodward

Born: Mar 26, 1809

Death: May 10, 1875

Birthplace: Bethany

Profession: Lawyer

Nationality: United States

George Washington Woodward

Date of Birth : Mar 26, 1809
Date of Death : May 10, 1875
Birth Place : Bethany

George Washington Woodward was a Democratic member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Pennsylvania. George W. Woodward was born in Bethany, Pennsylvania. He attended Geneva Seminary in Geneva, New York, and Wilkes-Barre Academy in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania. He studied law, was admitted to the bar in 1830 and commenced practice in Wilkes-Barre. He was a delegate to the State constitutional convention in 1837. He served as president judge of the fourth judicial district from 1841 to 1851. He was an unsuccessful candidate for United States Senator in 1844. Woodward was nominated in 1845 by President James K. Polk as a Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States but was not confirmed by the Senate. He was an associate judge of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania from 1852 to 1863 and chief justice form 1863 to 1867. He was an unsuccessful Democratic candidate for Governor in 1863. Woodward was elected as a Democrat to the Fortieth Congress to fill the vacancy caused by the death of Charles Denison. He was reelected to the Forty-first Congress. He was not a candidate for renomination in 1870. He was a delegate to the 1868 Democratic National Convention.


  • Lawyer
  • Politician
  • Judge

Also known as

  • Judge George Washington Woodward
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