Caleb Smith Woodhull

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Caleb Smith Woodhull
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70th Mayor of New York City
In office
Preceded byWilliam F. Havemeyer
Succeeded byAmbrose Kingsland
Personal details
BornFebruary 26, 1792
Miller Place, New York
DiedJuly 16, 1866(1866-07-16) (aged 74)
Miller Place, New York
Alma materYale University

Caleb Smith Woodhull (February 26, 1792 – July 16, 1866) was the 70th Mayor of New York City from 1849 to 1851.


Smith Woodhull was born in Miller Place, New York on February 26, 1792.[1] He graduated from Yale University in 1811, studied law, and became an attorney in 1817.[2]

Woodhull interrupted his studies to serve with the New York Militia in the War of 1812. He remained active in the militia until resigning his commission in 1830.[3]

A Whig, Woodhull 1836 he was elected to New York City's Common Council, and he became a member of the Board of Aldermen in 1839. In 1843 he became President of the Board of Aldermen.[4]

He was elected Mayor of New York in 1849 and served one two-year term, 1849 to 1851.[5]

After leaving the mayor's office Woodhull retired to Miller Place, where he died on July 16, 1866.[6]


  1. ^ Mary Gould Woodhull, Francis Bowes Stevens, Woodhull Genealogy: The Woodhull Family in England and America, 1904, pages 324 to 325
  2. ^ Yale University, Obituary Record of Graduates, 1870, page 196
  3. ^ New York State Legislature, New York Legislative Documents, Volume 34, 1919, pages 389 to 390
  4. ^ Franklin Bowditch Dexter, Biographical Sketches of the Graduates of Yale College, 1912, pages 506 to 507
  5. ^ Valentine's Manual, Inc., Valentine's Manual of Old New York, Volume 3, 1919, page 353
  6. ^ Ralph J. Caliendo, New York City Mayors, Part 1, 2010, pages 279 to 283

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Political offices
Preceded by
William Frederick Havemeyer
Mayor of New York City
Succeeded by
Ambrose Kingsland