Colonel William A. Phillips

Abiel Wood (July 22, 1772 – October 26, 1834) was a U.S. Representative from Massachusetts.

Early life

Born in Wiscasset, Maine (then a district of Massachusetts), he was the son of (1743–1811) and Betsey Tinkham, both originally of Middleborough, MassachusettsHe was the second of eleven children.

Education and career

Wood attended the common schools, then engaged in mercantile pursuits. He served as member of the Massachusetts House of Representatives 1807–1811, and again in 1816.

Wood was elected as a Democratic-Republican to the Thirteenth Congress (March 4, 1813 – March 3, 1815). He was an unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1814 to the Fourteenth Congress, but served as delegate to the constitutional convention of Maine in 1819. He was a Maine State councilor, after which he resumed mercantile pursuits and also engaged in shipping. He served as Bank commissioner for Maine until his death in Belfast on October 26, 1834. He was interred in Woodlawn Cemetery in Wiscasset.

Personal life

He married Hannah Hodge on November 30, 1793, in Wiscasset. They had one child, a daughter named Helen, who married John Hannibal Sheppard.


U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
Francis Carr
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Massachusetts's 17th congressional district

(Maine district)
March 4, 1813 – March 4, 1815
Succeeded by
James Carr

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