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Woodbury, Levi, 1789-1851

 

Dates

  • Existence: 1789 - 1851

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 20 Collections and/or Records:

John Wingate Weeks letter

Mss 836427.2
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Identifier: Mss 836427.2
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John Wingate Weeks letter

Mss 839217
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Identifier: Mss 839217
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Levi Woodbury letter

Mss 834452.1
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Identifier: Mss 834452.1
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Levi Woodbury letter

Mss 835116
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Identifier: Mss 835116
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Levi Woodbury letter

Mss 835252
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Identifier: Mss 835252
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Levi Woodbury letter

Mss 836455
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Identifier: Mss 836455
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Levi Woodbury letter

Mss 832105
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Identifier: Mss 832105
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Levi Woodbury letter

Mss 832123.2
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Identifier: Mss 832123.2
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Levi Woodbury letter

Mss 832228.1
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Identifier: Mss 832228.1
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Levi Woodbury letter

Mss 832254.2
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Identifier: Mss 832254.2
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