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Levi Woodbury

Associate Justice of the Supreme court

Died when: 61 years 256 days (740 months)
Star Sign: Capricorn

 

Levi Woodbury

Levi Woodbury (December 22, 1789 – September 4, 1851) was an American attorney, jurist, and Democratic politician from New Hampshire.During a four-decade career in public office, Woodbury served as Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States, a United States Senator, the 9th Governor of New Hampshire, and cabinet member in the Andrew Jackson and Martin Van Buren administrations.

He was promoted as a candidate for the Democratic nomination for President of the United States in 1848.Born in Francestown, New Hampshire, he established a legal practice in Francestown in 1812.

After serving in the New Hampshire Senate, he was appointed to the New Hampshire Supreme Court in 1817.He served as Governor of New Hampshire from 1823 to 1824 and represented New Hampshire in the Senate from 1825 to 1831, becoming affiliated with the Democratic Party of Andrew Jackson.

He served as the United States Secretary of the Navy under President Jackson and as the United States Secretary of the Treasury under Jackson and President Martin Van Buren.

He served another term representing New Hampshire in the Senate from 1841 to 1845, when he accepted President James K.Polk's appointment to the Supreme Court.

Woodbury was the first Justice to have attended law school.He received significant support for the presidential nomination at the 1848 Democratic National Convention, particularly among New England delegates, but the nomination went to Lewis Cass of Michigan.

Woodbury served on the court until his death in 1851.


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