Woodbury, Levi, 1789-1851

Woodbury, Levi, 1789-1851

 

Biography

Levi Woodbury was born in Francestown, N.H., on December 22, 1789. He graduated from Dartmouth College in 1809, and went on to briefly attend law school in Litchfield, Conn. He was admitted to the bar in 1812, and practiced law in Francestown from 1813 to 1816. From 1816 to 1823, he served as a judge on the Superior Court of New Hampshire. From 1823 to 1824 he served as New Hampshire's fifteenth governor and in 1825, he served as Speaker of the New Hampshire House of Representatives. A Jacksonian Democrat, Woodbury served in the U.S. Senate from 1825 to 1831, when he was named Secretary of the Navy in Jackson's cabinet. In 1834, Jackson appointed him Secretary of the Treasury, a position he held until 1841. In 1841, he was again elected to the U.S. Senate by New Hampshire and served until 1845, when he resigned. That year, he was appointed Associate Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court by James K. Polk, whose presidential bid he had supported. He was the first U.S. Supreme Court justice to have attended law school, and he served on the court until his death on September 4, 1851.

Found in 29 Collections and/or Records:

John Wingate Weeks letter

Mss 839217
 Collection
Identifier: Mss 839217
Date(s): 1839-03-17
Abstract

In English.

John Wingate Weeks letter

Mss 840657.1
 Collection
Identifier: Mss 840657.1
Date(s): 1840-12-07
Abstract

In English.

John Wingate Weeks letter

Mss 841276.1
 Collection
Identifier: Mss 841276.1
Date(s): 1841-04-26
Abstract

In English.

John Wingate Weeks letter

Mss 841466
 Collection
Identifier: Mss 841466
Date(s): 1841-08-16
Abstract

In English.

John Wingate Weeks letter

Mss 841611
 Collection
Identifier: Mss 841611
Date(s): 1841-11-11
Abstract

In English.

John Wingate Weeks letter

Mss 836427.2
 Collection
Identifier: Mss 836427.2
Date(s): 1836-07-27
Abstract

In English.

Levi Woodbury letter

Mss 829256
 Collection
Identifier: Mss 829256
Date(s): 1829-04-06
Abstract

In English.

Levi Woodbury letter

Mss 839477.2
 Collection
Identifier: Mss 839477.2
Date(s): 1839-08-27
Abstract

In English.

Levi Woodbury letter

Mss 840667
 Collection
Identifier: Mss 840667
Date(s): 1840-12-17
Abstract

In English.

Levi Woodbury letter

Mss 832105
 Collection
Identifier: Mss 832105
Date(s): 1832-01-05
Abstract

In English.