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Abiel Wood

Abiel Wood
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Massachusetts's 17th district
In office
March 4, 1813 – March 4, 1815
Preceded by Francis Carr
Succeeded by James Carr
Personal details
Born July 22, 1772
Wiscasset, Maine
Died October 26, 1834(1834-10-26) (aged 62)
Belfast, Maine
Resting place Woodlawn Cemetery, Wiscasset, Maine
Political party Democratic-Republican
Spouse(s) Hannah Hodge, died May 14, 1814,
Jane Anderson, died March 15, 1827,
Lydia Theobald
Relations Gen. Abiel Wood
Children Betsey, b. October 1794;
Willmot, b. February 2, 1796;
Helen, b. July 13, 1799;
Isabella, b. 1802;
Abiel, b. February 22, 1807;
Hannah;
Margaret.

Abiel Wood (July 22, 1772 – October 26, 1834) was a U.S. Representative from Massachusetts. Born in Wiscasset, Maine (then a district of Massachusetts), he was the son of Gen. Abiel Wood (1743–1811) and Betsey Tinkham, both originally of Middleborough, Massachusetts. He was the second of eleven children. Wood attended the common schools, then engaged in mercantile pursuits. He served as member of the Massachusetts House of Representatives 1807–1811, and again in 1816.

He married Hannah Hodge on November 30, 1793 in Wiscasset. They had one child, a daughter named Helen, who married John Hannibal Sheppard.

Wood was elected as a Democratic-Republican to the Thirteenth Congress (March 4, 1813 – March 4, 1815). He was an unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1814 to the Fourteenth Congress, but served as delegate to the constitutional convention of Maine in 1819. He was a Maine State councilor, after which he resumed mercantile pursuits and also engaged in shipping. He served as Bank commissioner for Maine until his death in Belfast on October 26, 1834. He was interred in Woodlawn Cemetery in Wiscasset.

References

  • Abiel Wood at the Biographical Directory of the United States Congress
  • Davis, William T., Ancient Landmarks of Plymouth, Boston: A. Williams & Co., 1883.
  • Knowlton, Charles Bowles, Marriage Notices For The Whole United States, 1785 - 1794, Salem Mass.: 1900.
  • Massachusetts: Vital Records
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