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Levi Woodbury

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Levi Woodbury
Current Court Information:
Supreme Court of the United States
Title:   Former Justice
Position:   Seat #3
Appointed by:   James Polk
Active:   1/3/1846-9/4/1851
Preceded by:   Joseph Story
Succeeded by:   Benjamin Robbins Curtis
Personal History
Born:   December 22, 1789
Hometown:   Francestown, NH
Deceased:   September 4, 1851
Undergraduate:   Dartmouth College, 1809
Law School:   Read law, 1812

Levi Woodbury (1789-1851) was an Associate Justice on the Supreme Court of the United States. He joined the court in 1846 after a nomination from President James Polk. He served until his death on September 4, 1851. Prior to joining the court, he was a U.S. Senator from New Hampshire.[1]

Woodbury was one of two justices nominated to the Supreme Court by President Polk. He served during The Taney Court.[2]


Woodbury attended Dartmouth College and received his legal education by reading law.[1]

Professional career

  • 1841-1845: United States Senator from New Hampshire
  • 1834-1841: United States Secretary of the Treasury
  • 1831-1834: United States Secretary of the Navy
  • 1831: Elected to New Hampshire Senate (did not serve due to appointment as Secretary of the Navy)
  • 1825-1831: United States Senator from New Hampshire
  • 1825: Speaker of the House, New Hampshire House of Representatives
  • 1824: Attorney in private practice, Portsmouth, New Hampshire
  • 1823-1824: Governor of New Hampshire
  • 1817-1823: Associate Justice, New Hampshire State Superior Court
  • 1816-1817: Clerk, New Hampshire State Senate
  • 1812-1816: Attorney in private practice, Francestown, New Hampshire[1]

Judicial career

Supreme Court of the United States

Woodbury received a recess appointment from President James Polk on September 20, 1845. On December 23, 1845, he was officially nominated. He was confirmed by the Senate on January 3, 1846, and received commission that same day. He served until his death on September 4, 1851.[1] He was succeeded to this post by Justice Benjamin Robbins Curtis.

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Federal judicial offices
Preceded by:
Joseph Story
Supreme Court
Seat #3
Succeeded by:
Benjamin Robbins Curtis

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