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Stewart L. Woodford circa 1909

Stewart Lyndon Woodford (September 3, 1835 New York City - February 14, 1913) was an American politician.

Life

He studied at Yale University and Columbia College (now Columbia University). At the latter he graduated in 1854 and was a member of St. Anthony Hall. Then he studied law, was admitted to the bar in 1857, and commenced practice in New York City.

In 1860 he was chosen messenger of the electoral college of his state to convey to Washington its vote in favor of the presidency of Abraham Lincoln. In 1861 he was appointed U. S. assistant district attorney for the southern district of New York, holding this office about eighteen months.

In 1862 he entered the Union army as a volunteer, serving until 1865, during which time he became in succession chief-of-staff to Gen. Quincy A. Gillmore in the Department of the South, and military commandant of Charleston, South Carolina, and Savannah, Georgia. He attained by brevet the rank of brigadier general of volunteers.

He was Lieutenant Governor of New York from 1867 to 1868, elected in 1866 on the Republican ticket with Governor Reuben E. Fenton. In 1870, Woodford was the Republican candidate for Governor but was defeated by the incumbent Democrat John T. Hoffman.

In 1872, he was elected as a Republican to the 43rd United States Congress and served from March 4, 1873, to July 1, 1874. Also in 1872 he was chosen to be a presidential elector.

He was U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York from 1877 to 1883.

In June 1897, President William McKinley appointed Woodford to the post of Envoy Extraordinary and Minister Plenipotentiary to Spain. Spain severed diplomatic relations with the U.S. on April 21, 1898, and Woodford left his post the same day. The United States declared war on Spain as of that date by Act of Congress approved on April 25, 1898.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Thomas G. Alvord
Lieutenant Governor of New York
1867 - 1868
Succeeded by
Allen C. Beach
Diplomatic posts
Preceded by
Hannis Taylor
U.S. Minister to Spain
1897 – 1898
Succeeded by
Bellamy Storer
United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
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Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New York

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Succeeded by
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