Lewis W Woodson (1806 - 1878)

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Birthplace: Greenbrier, West Virginia, United States
Death: Died
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About Lewis W Woodson

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Lewis Woodson (January 1806 – January 1878) was an educator, minister, writer, and abolitionist. He was an early leader in the African Methodist Episcopal Church (AME) in Ohio and Pennsylvania. Woodson started and helped to build other institutions within the free African-American communities in Ohio and western Pennsylvania prior to the American Civil War.

Woodson was among the original 24 trustees to found Wilberforce University in Ohio in 1856, in a collaboration between the AME and the Cincinnati Methodist Council. When the college faced financial difficulties during the American Civil War, the AME Church bought it from the Methodist Church in 1863, making it the first historically black college to be owned and operated by African Americans.

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More details at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lewis_Woodson

In Chillicothe, Lewis Woodson married Caroline Robinson, also born in Virginia. The Woodsons had ten surviving children, many of whom followed their models in gaining education and contributing to their communities.

Their grandson George Frederick Woodson earned degrees from Drew University and Morris Brown University. He served as Dean of the Payne Theological Seminary at Wilberforce for over three decades, ending in 1937. Their grandson Howard D. Woodson earned a degree in civil engineering from what is now the University of Pittsburgh in 1899. He contributed to the design of Union Station in Washington, D.C. and also became a civic activist. A high school in the capital is named in his honor.

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Lewis W Woodson's Timeline

1806
January 22, 1806
Greenbrier, West Virginia, United States
1878
January 14, 1878
Age 71
January, 1878
Age 71
Pittsburgh, Allegheny, Pennsylvania, United States
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Chillicothe, Ross, Ohio, United States