|21st Governor of Ohio|
December 12, 1850 – July 13, 1853
|Preceded by||Seabury Ford|
|Succeeded by||William Medill|
|Justice of the Ohio Supreme Court|
February 6, 1833 – February 1847
|Preceded by||Peter Hitchcock|
|Succeeded by||Edward Avery|
|Member of the Ohio Senate
from the Cuyahoga & other counties district
December 5, 1825 – December 5, 1830
|Preceded by||Jabez Wright
|Succeeded by||John W. Willey|
Middletown Springs, Vermont
|Died|| (aged 71–72)
|Resting place||Woodland Cemetery, Cleveland|
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Wood was born near Middletown, Rutland County, Vermont in either 1792 or 1793. While living with an uncle in Canada after his father died, Wood was conscripted into the Canadian Army at the outset of the War of 1812, but escaped across Lake Ontario and briefly served in the U.S. Army.
Wood moved to Cleveland, Ohio – then a tiny village of 600 residents – in 1818 with his wife and infant daughter. He reputedly arrived with only $1.25 left to his name to work as a lawyer. He served in the Ohio State Senate from 1825 to 1830. In 1830, he was elected President Judge of the third judicial circuit. He served on the Common Pleas Court bench from 1830 to 1833.
Wood was elected in 1833 to the Ohio Supreme Court, and served two seven-year terms from 1833 to 1847. He was defeated in a bid for a third term by a Whig candidate. He took office in late 1850 as governor. His first term was cut short by the implementation of a new state constitution, and he was re-elected in late 1851, re-inaugurated in early 1852. He resigned on July 13, 1853 to take a position as the American consul in Valparaíso, Chile. He remained there until 1855, when he retired to Cleveland.
Wood died at his farm, Evergreen Place, eight miles west of Cleveland, on October 1, 1864 from bilious colic. He was initially interred on the farm, and was later reburied at Woodland Cemetery in Cleveland.
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