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United States representative , Lawyer , politician , member of the Illinois House of Representatives

Benson Wood, American congressman. Served First lieutenant and captain 34th Illinois Infantry in Civil War; member firm Wood Brothers & Rickelman, since 1904; Member Illinois House of Representatives, 1873-1875; member 54th Congress (1895-1897), 19th Illinois District Delaware Republican National convs., 1876, 88, Universal Congress Lawyers and Jurists, St. Louis, 1904.

Background

Wood, Benson was born on March 31, 1839 in Montrose, Pennsylvania, United States. Son of Peleg and Esther (Fox) Wood.

Education

Born near Bridgewater, Pennsylvania, Wood attended the common schools, Montrose (Pennsylvania) Academy, and Wyoming (Pennsylvania) Seminary.

Career

He moved to Illinois in 1859 and for two years was principal of a village school in Lee County. During the Civil War, he enlisted as first lieutenant of Company C, thirty-fourth Regiment, Illinois Volunteer Infantry, September 7, 1861. He was promoted to captain May 1, 1862.

He was honorably discharged on January 29, 1863. Wood graduated from the Union College of Law in 1864. He was admitted to the bar in 1864 and engaged in the practice of law in Effingham, Illinois.

He served as mayor of Effingham, Illinois 1881-1883. Wood was elected as a Republican to the Fifty-fourth Congress (March 4, 1895-March 3, 1897). He was an unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1896 to the Fifty-fifth Congress.

He resumed the practice of law in Effingham, Illinois. He served as president of the Effingham State Bank 1903-1912, and chairman of the board of directors 1912-1915. He died in Effingham on August 27, 1915.

He was interred in Oakridge Cemetery.

Membership

Served First lieutenant and captain 34th Illinois Infantry in Civil War. Member firm Wood Brothers & Rickelman, since 1904. Member Illinois House of Representatives, 1873-1875.

Member 54th Congress (1895-1897), 19th Illinois District Delaware Republican National convs., 1876, 88, Universal Congress Lawyers and Jurists, St. Louis, 1904.

Connections

Married Jennie Jewett, December 21, 1864.

father:
Peleg Wood

mother:
Esther (Fox) Wood

spouse:
Jennie Jewett