William B. Woods

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William B. Woods
Former Associate Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court
From: December 21, 1880 – May 14, 1887
Nominator Rutherford B. Hayes
Predecessor William Strong
Successor Lucius Q.C. Lamar II
Former Mayor of Newark, Ohio
From: 1856-58
Predecessor Joshua Mathiot
Successor Gibson Atherton
Party Democrat
(later) Republican
Military Service
Allegiance Union
Service/branch U.S. Army
Rank Brevet major general
Battles/wars Civil War

William Burnham Woods (August 3, 1824 – May 14, 1887) was an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States. He served in the Civil War as a commander - notably leading William T. Sherman's troops in Sherman's March through Georgia.[1] On the Court he took a narrow view of federal powers and the 14th Amendment - at one point striking down a federal law designed to protect African Americans from the Ku Klux Klan.[1]


  1. 1.0 1.1 William Burnham Woods (English). law.jrank.