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Gilbert M. Woodward
Gilbert M. Woodward (Wisconsin Congressman).jpg
Racine Daily Journal (Racine, WI), October 2, 1886
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Wisconsin's 7th district
In office
March 4, 1883 – March 3, 1885
Preceded by Herman L. Humphrey
Succeeded by Ormsby B. Thomas
Personal details
Born (1835-12-25)December 25, 1835
Washington, D.C.
Died March 13, 1914(1914-03-13) (aged 78)
La Crosse, Wisconsin
Political party Democratic

Gilbert Motier Woodward (December 25, 1835 – March 13, 1914) was a U.S. Representative from Wisconsin.

Early life

Woodward was born December 25, 1835 in Washington, D.C., and was educated in the common schools.

He studied law, was admitted to the bar in 1861 and commenced practice in La Crosse, Wisconsin, in February 1860.

Civil War

He served more than three years in the Union Army during the Civil War as a private, first sergeant, second lieutenant, first lieutenant, and adjutant in the Second Regiment, Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry of the Iron Brigade.


After the war he served as district attorney of La Crosse County from 1866 to 1873, and as mayor in 1874 and 1875, and was the City attorney from 1876 to 1882.

Woodward was elected as a member of the Democratic Party to the Forty-eighth Congress (March 4, 1883 - March 4, 1885). He represented Wisconsin's 7th congressional district. He was an unsuccessful for reelection in 1884 to the Forty-ninth Congress.

After leaving office he resumed the practice of law in La Crosse, Wisconsin and was an unsuccessful Democratic candidate for Governor of Wisconsin in 1886.

He served as delegate to the Democratic National Convention in 1888.

He died in La Crosse, Wisconsin on March 13, 1914 and is buried in Oak Grove Cemetery.

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