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Bradford Ripley Wood (September 3, 1800 - September 26, 1889) was a U.S. Representative from New York.

Early life and legal career

Born in Westport, Connecticut, Wood attended the common schools and was graduated from Union College at Schenectady, New York, in 1824. He was engaged in teaching and lecturing. He studied law at the Litchfield Law School. He was admitted to the bar in 1827 and commenced practice in Albany, New York.

On May 29, 1827, Wood was made solicitor in the New York Court of Chancery. He became counselor in the New York Supreme Court in 1835 and in the United States Supreme Court in 1845. He served as member of the Albany County board of supervisors in 1844.

Political career

Wood was elected as a Democrat to the Twenty-ninth Congress (March 4, 1845-March 3, 1847). He was an unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1846 to the Thirtieth Congress. He served as president of the Young Men's Temperance Society in 1851. He also served as trustee of Union College, Williams College, and the Albany Law School, and was vice president of the Albany Medical College.

Wood was one of the founders of the Republican Party in New York State in 1855, and ran for the New York Court of Appeals in November 1855 on the Republican ticket. He was also vice president of the American Home Missionary Society, and founded of the First Congregational Church in Albany. He served as United States Minister to Denmark from 1861 to 1865. He died in Albany, New York, September 26, 1889. He was interred in Albany Rural Cemetery, New York.


Preceded by
James M. Buchanan
United States Ambassador to Denmark
Succeeded by
Samuel J. Kirkwood
United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New York

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Succeeded by

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