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Silas WOOD

(1769-1847)

WOOD, Silas, a Representative from New York; born in West Hills, near Huntington, Suffolk County, N.Y., September 14, 1769; pursued classical studies; was graduated from Princeton College in 1789 and during the five succeeding years was a teacher at that institution; studied law; was admitted to the bar and commenced practice in Huntington, N.Y.; was appointed district attorney of Suffolk County in 1818 and 1821; elected to the Sixteenth and to the four succeeding Congresses (March 4, 1819-March 3, 1829); chairman, Committee on Expenditures in the Department of State (Seventeenth and Eighteenth Congresses); unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1828 to the Twenty-first Congress; died in Huntington, N.Y., March 2, 1847; interment in the Old Public Cemetery on Main Street.

Bibliography

Kerner, Charles R. “Silas Wood: Historian, Politician and Educator.” Ph.D. diss., New York University, 1970.

Source: Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, 1771-Present

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