WOOD, Silas, a Representative from New York; born in West Hills, near Huntington,
Suffolk County, N.Y., September 14, 1769; pursued classical studies; was
graduated from Princeton College in 1789 and during the five succeeding years
was a teacher at that institution; studied law; was admitted to the bar and
commenced practice in Huntington, N.Y.; was appointed district attorney of
Suffolk County in 1818 and 1821; elected to the Sixteenth and to the four
succeeding Congresses (March 4, 1819-March 3, 1829); chairman, Committee on
Expenditures in the Department of State (Seventeenth and Eighteenth
Congresses); unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1828 to the Twenty-first
Congress; died in Huntington, N.Y., March 2, 1847; interment in the Old Public
Cemetery on Main Street.
BibliographyKerner, Charles R. Silas Wood: Historian, Politician and
Educator. Ph.D. diss., New York University, 1970.