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Benjamin Wood (1820–21 February 1900) was a nineteenth-century American politician from the state of New York during the American Civil War.

He was the brother of New York City Mayor Fernando Wood. In 1860, he purchased the New York Daily News.

In 1861 the federal government effectively shut down the paper (by suspending its delivery via the postal service) as being sympathetic with the enemy. Wood was able to re-open the paper 18 months later. During the interval, he wrote one novel: Fort Lafayette or, Love and Secession.

Wood was elected as a Democrat to the Thirty-seventh and Thirty-eighth Congresses (March 4, 1861-March 3, 1865.) He was a member of the New York State senate in 1866 and 1867 and elected to the Forty-seventh Congress (March 4, 1881-March 3, 1883)

His wife, Ida Wood, became a famous recluse and miser whose true identity of Ellen Walsh became the subject of a famous court case after her death in 1932, the story of which is told in Joseph Cox's book The Recluse of Herald Square.


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United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New York

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