Fernando Wood (1812 - 1881) MP

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Birthplace: Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA, USA
Death: Died in Hot Springs, Garland, AR, USA
Occupation: Shipping merchant, politician
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About Fernando Wood

Fernando Wood (June 14, 1812 – February 14, 1881) was an American politician of the Democratic Party and mayor of New York City; he also served as a United States Representative (1841–1843, 1863–1865, and 1867–1881) and as Chairman of the Committee on Ways and Means in both the 45th and 46th Congress (1877–1881).

A successful shipping merchant who became Grand Sachem of the political machine known as Tammany Hall, Wood first served in Congress in 1841. In 1854 he was elected Mayor of New York City. Reelected in 1860 after an electoral loss in 1857 by a narrow majority of 3,000 votes, Wood evinced support for the Confederate States of America during the American Civil War, suggesting to the New York City Council that New York City secede from the Union and declare itself a free city in order to continue its profitable cotton trade with the Confederacy. Wood's Democratic machine was concerned to maintain the revenues (which depended on Southern cotton) that maintained the patronage.

Following his service as mayor, Wood returned to the United States Congress.

Wood will be played by Lee Pace in Steven Spielberg's Abraham Lincoln biopic, Lincoln, scheduled for wide release in December, 2012.

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1812
June 14, 1812
Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA, USA
1841
April 20, 1841
Age 28
Auburn, Cayuga, New York, United States
1842
1842
Age 29
1844
1844
Age 31
1846
1846
Age 33
1856
January 14, 1856
Age 43
Washington, District of Columbia, DC, USA
1860
December 22, 1860
Age 48
New York, New York, New York, United States
1862
1862
Age 49
1866
March 1, 1866
Age 53
New York, New York, NY, USA
1868
1868
Age 55
New York, New York, NY, USA