Historical records matching Fernando Wood
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.
Fernando Wood's Timeline
June 14, 1812
Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA, USA
January 14, 1856
Washington, District of Columbia, DC, USA