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Fernando Wood, c. 1860s
|73rd and 75th Mayor of New York City|
January 1, 1860 – December 31, 1862
|Preceded by||Daniel F. Tiemann|
|Succeeded by||George Opdyke|
January 1, 1855 – December 31, 1858
|Preceded by||Jacob Aaron Westervelt|
|Succeeded by||Daniel F. Tiemann|
|Member of the
U.S. House of Representatives
from New York
March 4, 1867 – February 14, 1881
|Preceded by||William A. Darling|
|Succeeded by||John Hardy|
|Constituency||9th district (1867-73)
10th district (1873-75)
9th district (1875-81)
March 4, 1863 – March 3, 1865
|Preceded by||William Wall|
|Succeeded by||Nelson Taylor|
March 4, 1841 – March 3, 1843
|Preceded by||Edward Curtis|
|Succeeded by||Jonas P. Phoenix|
|Constituency||3rd district (seat B)|
June 14, 1812|
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.
|Died||February 14, 1881
Hot Springs, Arkansas, U.S.
Fernando Wood (14 June 1812 – 14 February, 1881) was an American politician of the Democratic Party from Pennsylvania. He served as the Mayor of New York City twice (1855 – 1857, 1860 – 1862), United States Representative three times (1841–1843, 1863–1865, and 1867–1881) and as Chairman of the Committee on Ways and Means in both the 45th and 46th United States Congress (1877–1881). He was head of the political machine Tammany Hall. In 1854 he was elected Mayor of New York City and took office in 1855. He ran again in 1856, but lost to Daniel F. Tiemann, who was mayor from 1857 to 1859. Wood was re-elected in 1860 and took office again that year, for the last time. After being a mayor, Wood returned to the United States Congress. He died at the age of 68.
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Wood's career and Southern sympathies were nurtured by Senator and later Secretary of State John C. Calhoun.
During his first term in office, Wood oversaw construction of the planned Central Park, depicted here as it stood in 1868.
|Mary the Jewess|