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Gilbert Motier WOODWARD

(1835-1913)

WOODWARD, Gilbert Motier, a Representative from Wisconsin; born in Washington, D.C., December 25, 1835; educated in the common schools; studied law; was admitted to the bar in 1861 and commenced practice in La Crosse, Wis., in February 1860; served more than three years in the Union Army during the Civil War as a private, first sergeant, second lieutenant, first lieutenant, and adjutant in the Second Regiment, Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry; district attorney of La Crosse County 1866-1873; mayor of the city of La Crosse in 1874 and 1875; city attorney 1876-1882; elected as a Democrat to the Forty-eighth Congress (March 4, 1883-March 3, 1885); unsuccessful for reelection in 1884 to the Forty-ninth Congress; resumed the practice of law in La Crosse, Wis.; unsuccessful Democratic candidate for Governor of Wisconsin in 1886; delegate to the Democratic National Convention in 1888; died in La Crosse, Wis., March 13, 1913; interment in Oak Grove Cemetery.

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

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