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Wood, John

(1813-1864) a U.S. Representative was born in Minisink, New York on November 17, 1813. He attended the common schools.

Wood engaged in railroad construction in New Jersey, moved to Portland in 1846, and was one of the contractors in the construction of the Atlantic & St. Lawrence Railroad. He also engaged in banking.

A member of the Maine House of Representatives in 1852 and 1853, he was owner and publisher of the Portland Daily Advertiser 1853-1857.

Elected as a Republican to the Thirty-fourth and Thirty-fifth Congresses (March 4, 1855-March 3, 1859), he was later contractor for building the Air Line Railroad between Woonsocket and New Haven, Connecticut. Wood died while on a visit in Boston December 24, 1864, with interment in Greenwood Cemetery, Brooklyn, New York

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