William B. Woods

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William B. Woods was born in Newark, Ohio in 1824. He attended Western Reserve University, then Yale, and became a lawyer in 1847. He was Speaker of the House for Ohio in 1858. He served in the Civil War from 1861 to 1866, attaining the rank of Major General. He fought in several major battles and marched with General Sherman. In 1869, President Grant appointed him as a Federal Judge in Georgia. President Hayes appointed him to the U.S. Supreme Court in 1880, where he served six years. He died in 1887 and is buried at Cedar Hill Cemetery in Newark. [1]

Judge Woods was a close friend of Joseph C. Wehrle, founder of the Wehrle Stove Company in Newark. Judge Woods' portrait hangs in the Licking County Courthouse, and the Woodside School was named after him.


  1. (Spring 1997). The Historical Times.