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Fernando Wood (1812-1881)

Object Name: Portrait
Date: ca. 1852
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Medium: Oil on canvas
Dimensions: Overall: 30 1/2 x 25 1/4 in. ( 77.5 x 64.1 cm )
Credit Line: Purchase, The Watson Fund
Object Number: 1965.17
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The subject was born in Philadelphia, the son of Benjamin and Rebecca (Lehman) Wood. After several unsuccessful starts in business in New York City he became associated in 1834 with Tammany Hall, and from that point his commercial and political fortunes soared. He was twice mayor of New York (1855-58 and 1861-63), and served in Congress off and on for about the last twenty years of his life.