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Charles Walhart WOODMAN

(1844-1898)

WOODMAN, Charles Walhart, a Representative from Illinois; born in Aalborg, Denmark, March 11, 1844; was educated in the schools of his native country; followed the sea 1860-1863; arrived in Philadelphia, Pa., in 1863 and immediately enlisted in the Gulf Squadron of the United States Navy; moved to Chicago, Ill., in 1865; graduated from the law department of Chicago University in 1871; was admitted to the Illinois bar the same year and commenced practice in Chicago; appointed prosecuting attorney of the lower courts in 1877; appointed justice of the peace by the judges of Cook County in 1881; elected as a Republican to the Fifty-fourth Congress (March 4, 1895-March 3, 1897); unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1896 to the Fifty-fifth Congress; engaged in the practice of his profession until his death; died in Elgin, Ill., March 18, 1898; interment in Rose Hill Cemetery, Chicago, Ill.

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

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