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Woods, William Burnham

Born August 3, 1824, in Newark, OH
Died May 14, 1887, in Washington, DC

Federal Judicial Service:
Judge, U.S. Circuit Courts for the Fifth Circuit
Nominated by Ulysses Grant on December 8, 1869, to a new seat authorized by 16 Stat. 44. Confirmed by the Senate on December 22, 1869, and received commission on December 22, 1869. Service terminated on December 23, 1880, due to appointment to another judicial position.

Associate Justice, Supreme Court of the United States
Nominated by Rutherford B. Hayes on December 15, 1880, to a seat vacated by William Strong. Confirmed by the Senate on December 21, 1880, and received commission on December 21, 1880. Service terminated on May 14, 1887, due to death.

Allotment as Circuit Justice:

Fifth Circuit, January 10, 1881-May 14, 1887

Yale College, A.B., 1845
Read law, 1847

Professional Career:

Private practice, Newark, Ohio, 1847-1862
Mayor, Newark, Ohio, 1856-1857
State representative, Ohio, 1857-1862; served as speaker and as minority leader
U.S. Army major general, 76th Ohio Infantry, 1862-1866
Private practice, Mobile, Alabama, 1866-1867
Private practice and cotton planter, Montgomery, Alabama, 1867-1868
Chancellor, Middle Chancery Division, Alabama, 1868-1869