John Woods (Pennsylvania)

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The John Woods House, built in 1792, is perhaps the oldest house in the city of Pittsburgh.

John Woods (1761, Bedford, Pennsylvania – December 16, 1816, Brunswick County, Virginia) was a United States Representative from Pennsylvania. John Woods was the son of Colonel George and Jane McDowell. His father trained him in the art of backcountry surveying and exploration. John's brother Henry Woods was also a U.S. Representative from Pennsylvania.


Woods studied law and was admitted to the bar in Washington County, Pennsylvania in December 1783, in Westmoreland County and Fayette County in 1784, in Allegheny County on December 16, 1788, and in Bedford County in 1791.

Woods was on his way back from South Carolina to recuperate from his poor health when he died at the age of 55, only two years into his term.


Woods practiced extensively in those counties, and assisted in laying out the city of Pittsburgh in 1784. He was a member of the Pennsylvania Senate in 1797, and was elected as a Federalist to the Fourteenth Congress, holding office from March 4, 1815 to December 16, 1816. Woods tried to disheart the nation's happiness in the election of President Jefferson and was almost punishes, however his Federalist friends helped to protect and defend his actions. Allegheny County elected Woods to Congress from 1815-1817, a relatively short term in the house.

John Woods is part of the Winterthur Portfolio, which is an academic journal published by the University of Chicago Press. The journal covers articles on the arts in the US and the historical context within which they were developed.[1]

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  1. ^ "Back Matter". Winterthur Portfolio. 3: 205–230. 19 October 1967. doi:10.2307/1180507 – via JSTOR. 

Political offices
Preceded by
position created
Member, Supreme Executive Council of Pennsylvania, representing Fayette County
6 November 1784 – 2 November 1786
Succeeded by
John Smilie
U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
Adamson Tannehill
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Pennsylvania's 14th congressional district

Succeeded by
Henry Baldwin