William B. Woodin

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William B. Woodin (September 25, 1824 Genoa, Cayuga County, New York – November 1, 1893 Auburn, Cayuga County, NY) was an American lawyer and politician from New York.


He attended the district schools, Moravia Academy, and Cortland Academy in Homer. Then he studied law, was admitted to the bar, and commenced practice in Aurora. He was a member of the New York State Assembly (Cayuga Co., 3rd D.) in 1855. After his election as Surrogate, he removed to the county seat Auburn.

He was Surrogate of Cayuga County from 1860 to 1871; and a member of the New York State Senate (25th D.) from 1870 to 1877, sitting in the 93rd, 94th, 95th, 96th, 97th, 98th, 99th and 100th New York State Legislatures. In 1877, he was accused of having taken bribes from William M. Tweed, but a State Senate investigation concluded that he was innocent. Nevertheless, Woodin declined to run for re-election.

He was again a member of the State Senate (26th D.) in 1880 and 1881. He was a delegate to the 1880 Republican National Convention where he opposed Roscoe Conkling's plan to nominate Ulysses S. Grant for a third term. In 1882, Woodin abandoned the Republican candidate for Governor, Charles J. Folger, and supported Democrat Grover Cleveland instead.

He was buried at the Fort Hill Cemetery in Auburn.


  • The New York Civil List compiled by Franklin Benjamin Hough, Stephen C. Hutchins and Edgar Albert Werner (1867; pg. 430)
  • The New York Civil List compiled by Franklin Benjamin Hough, Stephen C. Hutchins and Edgar Albert Werner (1870; pg. 444 and 479)
  • Life Sketches of Executive Officers, and Members of the Legislature of the State of New York, Vol. III by H. H. Boone & Theodore P. Cook (1870; pg. 141f)
  • EX-SENATOR WOODIN DEAD in NYT on November 2, 1893

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New York Assembly
Preceded by
Mathias Hutchinson
New York State Assembly
Cayuga County, 3rd District

Succeeded by
Tolbert Powers
New York State Senate
Preceded by
Stephen K. Williams
New York State Senate
25th District

Succeeded by
Theodore M. Pomeroy
Preceded by
Edwin Hicks
New York State Senate
26th District

Succeeded by
David H. Evans
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