Collection of the U.S. House of Representatives
WOOD, Benjamin (1820-1900)

WOOD, BENJAMIN, (brother of Fernando Wood), a Representative from New York; born in Shelbyville, Shelby County, Ky., October 13, 1820; moved to New York City with his parents; attended the public schools; entered the shipping business; purchased the Daily News in 1860 and was its editor and publisher until his death; chairman of Democratic Editors in 1860; elected as a Democrat to the Thirty-seventh and Thirty-eighth Congresses (March 4, 1861-March 3, 1865); member of the State senate in 1866 and 1867; elected to the Forty-seventh Congress (March 4, 1881-March 3, 1883); died in New York City February 21, 1900; interment in Calvary Cemetery, Long Island City, N.Y.

Filson Club Historical Society
Louisville, KY
Papers: In the Charles Lanman collection.
Autobiographical or biographical sketch. Unpublished finding aid in repository.

  • Mushkat, Jerome. "Ben Wood's 'Fort Lafayette': A Source for Studying the Peace Democrats." Civil War History 21 (June 1975): 160-71.
  • Wood, Benjamin. Fort Lafayette; or, Love and Secession. A Novel. New York: Carleton, 1862.