Frederick E. Woodbridge

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Frederick Enoch Woodbridge
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Vermont's 1st district
In office
March 4, 1863 – March 3, 1869
Preceded by Eliakim Persons Walton
Succeeded by Charles W. Willard
Member of the Vermont House of Representatives
In office
Personal details
Born (1818-08-29)August 29, 1818
Vergennes, Vermont, USA
Died April 25, 1888(1888-04-25) (aged 69)
Vergennes, Vermont, USA
Citizenship  United States
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Mary Parkhurst Woodbridge
Children Enoch Day Woodbridge
Profession Politician, Lawyer

Frederick Enoch Woodbridge (August 29, 1818 – April 25, 1888) was a nineteenth-century politician and lawyer from Vermont. He served as a U.S. Representative from Vermont.


Woodbridge was born in Vergennes, Vermont, son of Enoch D. Woodbridge and Clara (Strong) Woodbridge.[1] He graduated from the University of Vermont in 1840. He studied law with his father and was admitted to the bar in 1843. He began the practice of law in Vergennes.[2]

He served as a member of the Vermont House of Representatives in 1849, 1857 and 1858. Woodbridge was the mayor of Vergennes for five years, and was the Vermont Auditor of Accounts from 1850 until 1852.[3] He was a prosecuting attorney from 1854 to 1858.[4] He engaged in the construction of railroads and was vice-president of the Rutland and Washington Railroad.[5] Woodbridge served in the Vermont Senate in 1860 and 1861,[6] serving as president pro tempore in the latter year.[7]

Woodbridge was elected a Republican candidate to the United States House of Representatives in 1862, serving from 1863 to 1869.[8][9] He was a major proponent of the Expatriation Act of 1868.[10]

After leaving Congress, he resumed practicing law until his death in Vergennes, Vermont on April 25, 1888. He is interred in Prospect Cemetery in Vergennes.[11]

Personal life[edit]

Woodbridge was married to Mary Parkhurst Woodbridge.[12] Their son Enoch Day Woodbridge was a surgeon at Bellevue Hospital.[13]


  1. ^ "Woodbridge, Frederick S., b. 1818 VT". Retrieved December 26, 2012. 
  2. ^ United States Congress (2005). Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, 1774-2005: The Continental Congress, September 5, 1774, to October 21, 1788, and the Congress of the United States, from the First Through the One Hundred Eighth Congresses, March 4, 1789, to January 3, 2005. Government Printing Office. p. 2196. 
  3. ^ "Frederick E. Woodbridge". Find A Grave. Retrieved December 26, 2012. 
  4. ^ Proctor, Redfield and Charles H. Davenport, (1894). Men of Vermont: An Illustrated Biographical History of Vermonters and Sons of Vermont. Transcript Publishing Company. p. 157. 
  5. ^ "Frederick E. Woodbridge". Vermont in the Civil War. Retrieved December 26, 2012. 
  6. ^ "Woodbridge, Frederick Enoch (1818-1888)". The Political Graveyard. Retrieved December 26, 2012. 
  7. ^ "Vermont Senate Presidents Pro Tempore". Vermont Legislature. Retrieved December 26, 2012. 
  8. ^ "WOODBRIDGE, Frederick Enoch, (1818 - 1888)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. Retrieved December 26, 2012. 
  9. ^ "Rep. Frederick Woodbridge". Retrieved December 26, 2012. 
  10. ^ Erler, Edward J. (2003). "From subjects to citizens: the social compact of origins of American citizenship". In Pestritto, Ronald J.; West, Thomas G. The American Founding and the Social Compact. Lexington Books. p. 191. OCLC 51726670. 
  11. ^ "WOODBRIDGE, Frederick Enoch, (1818 - 1888)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. Retrieved December 26, 2012. 
  12. ^ "Mary Parkhurst Woodbridge". Find A Grave. Retrieved December 26, 2012. 
  13. ^ Yale University. Class of 1868 (1914). History of the class of 1868: Yale College, 1864-1914. The Tuttle, Morehouse & Taylor press. p. 307. 

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Political offices
Preceded by
Silas H. Hodges
Vermont Auditor of Accounts
1850 – 1853
Succeeded by
William M. Pingry
United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
Eliakim P. Walton
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Vermont's 1st congressional district

March 4, 1863 – March 3, 1869
Succeeded by
Charles W. Willard