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Woodbury, Levi
Born December 22, 1789, in Francestown, NH
Died September 4, 1851, in Portsmouth, NH

Federal Judicial Service:
Associate Justice, Supreme Court of the United States
Received a recess appointment from James K. Polk on September 20, 1845, to a seat vacated by Joseph Story; nominated to the same position by James K. Polk on December 23, 1845. Confirmed by the Senate on January 3, 1846, and received commission on January 3, 1846. Service terminated on September 4, 1851, due to death.

Allotment as Circuit Justice:
First Circuit, ca. October 1, 1845-September 4, 1851

Education:
Litchfield (Tapping Reeve) Law School
Dartmouth College, 1809
Read law, 1812

Professional Career:
Private practice, Francestown, New Hampshire, 1812-1816
Clerk, New Hampshire State Senate, 1816-1817
Associate justice, New Hampshire Superior Court of Judicature, 1817-1823
Governor, New Hampshire, 1823-1824
Private practice, Portsmouth, New Hampshire, 1824
Speaker, New Hampshire House of Representatives, 1825
U.S. senator from New Hampshire, 1825-1831, 1841-1845
State senator-elect (did not serve), New Hampshire, 1831
Secretary of the Navy, 1831-1834
Secretary of the Treasury, 1834-1841
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