Peter Woodbury

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Peter Woodbury
Senior Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit
In office
December 31, 1964 – November 17, 1970
Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit
In office
February 25, 1941 – December 31, 1964
Appointed by Franklin D. Roosevelt
Preceded by Scott Wilson
Succeeded by Edward McEntee
Associate Justice of the New Hampshire Supreme Court
In office
1933–1941
Personal details
Born Peter Woodbury
(1899-10-24)October 24, 1899
Bedford, New Hampshire
Died November 17, 1970(1970-11-17) (aged 71)
Bedford, New Hampshire
Alma mater Harvard University B.S.
Columbia Law School No degree
Harvard Law School LL.B.
Military service
Allegiance United States of America
Service/branch United States Army
Years of service 1918 – 1919
Rank Private First Class
Unit 27th Infantry Division

Peter Woodbury (October 24, 1899 – November 17, 1970) was a United States Circuit Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit.

Biography[edit]

Woodbury was born in Bedford, New Hampshire. He received a Bachelor of Science degree from Harvard University in 1924. He attended Columbia Law School before transferring to Harvard. He received a Bachelor of Laws degree from Harvard Law School in 1927. He was in the United States Army Private First Class, 27th Army Division from 1918 to 1919. He was in private practice of law in Manchester, New Hampshire, from 1927 until the early 1930s. He was a Selectman, Bedford, New Hampshire from 1928 to 1931. He was a Justice, Bedford Municipal Court, New Hampshire from 1928 to 1932. He was an Associate Justice, New Hampshire Superior Court from 1932 to 1933. He was an Associate Justice, New Hampshire Supreme Court from 1933 to 1941.

Federal judicial service[edit]

Woodbury was a United States Circuit Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit. He was nominated by President Franklin D. Roosevelt on January 31, 1941, to a seat vacated by Scott Wilson. He was confirmed by the United States Senate on February 18, 1941, and received commission on February 25, 1941. He served as Chief Judge, from 1959 to 1964. He assumed senior status on December 31, 1964, serving in that status until his death on November 17, 1970, in Bedford.

Incident and honor[edit]

On December 7, 1960, Woodbury was injured when the train he was traveling on collided with a bottled gas truck.[1] Six people were killed in the accident, one of whom was Woodbury's law clerk at the time.

The elementary school in Bedford is named both for him and for his great-grandfather, Peter P. Woodbury.[2]

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Legal offices
Preceded by
Scott Wilson
Judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit
1941-1964
Succeeded by
Edward McEntee