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GENERAL DANIEL P. WOOD. The gentleman here named is of Massachusetts stock, and has exhibited through life the New England traits--readiness to labor and to learn, strength of will, forecast and sympathy with those movements which have for their end and well-being of the country. Mr. Wood worked on a farm till he was twenty years old. This gave him a vigor of constitution which has since enabled him to endure the severest mental labor. In 1837 he was a student at the Cazenovia Seminary. After his preparatory course, which was continued at Pompey Academy, he entered Hamilton College, from which he graduated. After his admission to the bar he commenced the practice of law at Syracuse in 1846. His industry and skill soon secured him great success. He was Corporation Council three years.
In 1853-54 Mr. Wood was a member of the Assembly at Albany, was chairman of the "Committee on Salt," was on the Committee on Claims and the Code, and was one of the managers on the part of the Assembly in the impeachment of Canal Commissioner John C. Mather, assigned to this by a house politically opposed to him, and during his first year as a legislator. In 1854 he was chairman of the Committee on Colleges, Academies, etc. He matured and carried through the act creating the Department of Public Instruction. In 1857 a hemorrhage of the throat and lungs brought him to the borders of the grave. He started for South Carolina, and returned from thence on horseback convalescent and hopeful. In 1865-66 he was again in the Assembly, and was chairman of the Committee on Canals. In 1865 he was chairman of the committee to receive the remains of President Lincoln at the city of New York and conduct them through the State. In politics he was first a Whig, then a Republican. During the war he labored without ceasing. The first regiment which went from Syracuse was raised in one week. In the same period, mainly through Mr. Wood's exertions, nearly twenty thousand dollars were contributed in behalf of the soldiers and their families. In 1873 he was a member of the Senate, elected by a majority of three hundred and ninety-nine.
As a legislator, Mr. Wood is noticeable for his activity and versatility. He is gentlemanly and dignified, wearing a pleasant and benignant countenance; is generous and temperate. He has acquired a fine competency in his practice, without the sacrifice of honor or of integrity. He received the degree of A.B. and A.M. in course, and is a major-general, commanding the Sixth Division of National Guards of the State of New York.
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