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Woodford circa 1909
Stewart Lyndon Woodford (September 3, 1835 New York Citymarker - February 14, 1913) was an Americanmarker politician.


He graduated from Columbia College (now Columbia University), where he was a member of St. Anthony Hall, in 1854. Then he studied law, was admitted to the bar in 1857, and commenced practice in New York City.

He was Lieutenant Governor of New York from 1867 to 1868, elected in 1866 on the Republican ticket with Governor Reuben E. Fenton. In 1870, Woodford was the Republican candidate for Governor but was defeated by the incumbent Democrat John T. Hoffman.

He was elected as a Republican to the 43rd United States Congress and served from March 4, 1873, to July 1, 1874.

He was U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York from 1877 to 1883.

In June 1897, President William McKinley appointed Woodford to the post of Envoy Extraordinary and Minister Plenipotentiary to Spain. Spain severed diplomatic relations with the U.S. on April 21, 1898, and Woodford left his post the same day. The United States declared war on Spain as of that date by Act of Congress approved on April 25, 1898.

See also


  • Life Sketches of State Officers

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