He was a judge on the 34th Judicial District of Indiana, and then a Justice of the Indiana Supreme Court.
On May 2, 1883, Woods received a recess appointment from President Chester A. Arthur to a seat on the United States District Court for the District of Indiana. vacated by Walter Q. Gresham.
Formally nominated on December 18, 1883, Woods was confirmed by the United States Senate on January 7, 1884, and received his commission the same day.
On December 16, 1891, President Benjamin Harrison nominated Woods for elevation to a new seat on the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit created by 26 Stat. 826. He was confirmed by the United States Senate on March 17, 1892, and received his commission the same day. Woods served in that capacity until his death, in 1901, in Indianapolis, Indiana.
Born May 16, 1837
Died June 20, 1901
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