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Fernando Wood

Birthdate: (68)
Birthplace: Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA, USA
Death: February 14, 1881 (68)
Hot Springs, Garland, AR, USA
Place of Burial: New York, New York, New York, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Benjamin O Wood and Rebecca Wood
Husband of Ann Dole Wood and Alice Fenner Wood
Ex-husband of Anna W. Wood
Father of Joseph Wood; Fernando Wood; Rebecca Wood; Catherine Richardson Chenowith; Calhoun Wood and 5 others
Brother of Maundred Wood; Adolphus E Wood; Benjamin Wood; Florinda Morton; Albinia Baldwin and 2 others

Occupation: Shipping merchant, politician
Managed by: Douglas Arthur Kellner
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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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Fernando Wood's Timeline

June 14, 1812
Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA, USA
Age 29
Age 31
Age 33
January 14, 1856
Age 43
Washington, District of Columbia, DC, USA
Age 49