Abiel Wood

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Abiel Wood
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Massachusetts's 17th district
In office
March 4, 1813 – March 3, 1815
Preceded byFrancis Carr
Succeeded byJames Carr
Member of the Massachusetts House of Representatives
In office
Personal details
Born(1772-07-22)July 22, 1772
Pownalborough, Massachusetts Bay, British America (now Wiscasset, Maine)
DiedOctober 26, 1834(1834-10-26) (aged 62)
Belfast, Maine, U.S.
Resting placeWoodlawn Cemetery, Wiscasset, Maine
Political partyDemocratic-Republican
Spouse(s)Hannah Hodge, died May 14, 1814,
Jane Anderson, died March 15, 1827,
Lydia Theobald
RelationsGen. Abiel Wood
ChildrenBetsey, b. October 1794;
Willmot, b. February 2, 1796;
Helen, b. July 13, 1799;
Isabella, b. 1802;
Abiel, b. February 22, 1807;

Abiel Wood (July 22, 1772 – October 26, 1834) was a U.S. Representative from Massachusetts.

Early life[edit]

Born in Pownalborough in Massachusetts Bay's Province of Maine (now known as Wiscasset), he was the son of Gen. Abiel Wood (1743–1811) and Betsey Tinkham, both originally of Middleborough. He was the second of eleven children.

Education and career[edit]

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.

Wood was elected as a Democratic-Republican to the Thirteenth Congress (March 4, 1813 – March 3, 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.

Personal life[edit]

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


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U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
Francis Carr
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Massachusetts's 17th congressional district

(Maine district)
March 4, 1813 – March 4, 1815
Succeeded by
James Carr

 This article incorporates public domain material from the Biographical Directory of the United States Congress website http://bioguide.congress.gov.