W.D. Wood

William Daniel Wood

Full Name: William Daniel Wood
Date of birth: March 11, 1828
Date of death: May 11, 1906

Terms of Service top

Chamber District Dates of Service Legislatures Party City/County Note Counties in District
S 18 Jan 13, 1874 - Apr 18, 1876 14th (1) (2) (3)   Democrat Centerville / Leon   Brazos, Leon, Robertson
H 18 Jan 14, 1873 - Jan 13, 1874 13th   Democrat Centerville / Leon   Freestone, Leon, Robertson
H 41 Nov 2, 1857 - Nov 7, 1859 7th (4)     Centerville / Leon   Leon

(1) Entire Senate went up for reelection due to Senatorial redistricting. Ordinance adopted by Constitutional Convention of the State of Texas, 1875. Remained in effect from its passage until first reapportionment after 1880 Census. University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History. Apportionment Laws of Texas, 1836-1950, 1950.
(2) 14th Legislature, Regular Session - Roll call of Senators elect, oath of office administered, 1/13/1874, p. 1. Senate Journal.
(3) "Because of the adoption of the new constitution [of 1876], any member of the 14th Legislature who wished to continue to serve had to run for reelection," p. 220. The Texas Senate: Volume II, Civil War to the Eve of Reform, 1861-1889, 1999.
(4) Democrat. Civilian and Gazette. Weekly. (Galveston, Texas), 9/8/1857, p. 2, crediting Dolph Briscoe Center for American History. Portal to Texas History (University of North Texas Libraries).

Biographical Notes and Resources top

Biographical Sketches

  • Biographical sketch, Hon. William D. Wood, pp. 311-312. The Encyclopedia of the New West, 1881.
  • Obituary and biographical sketch, "Judge Wood's Career: While Active in Politics, He Preferred Home Life - Served in Early Days; Excerpts From His Memoirs; Relates Incidents of Men Who Reached Top Rung in the Ladder of Fame, His Own Services," 5/13/1906, p. 23. Died early Friday morning, 5/11/1906. Galveston Daily News.
  • WOOD, WILLIAM DANIEL (1828-1906). Handbook of Texas Online.
  • Biographical sketch, p. 198. Born 3/11/1828 in Edgecome County, NC. Elected district judge in 1876; moved to San Marcos in 1883. The Texas Senate: Volume II, Civil War to the Eve of Reform, 1861-1889, 1999.

Military Service Notes

  • Confederate States Army, Captain, Company D, 6th Texas Cavalry Battalion. Handbook of Texas Online.
  • William Daniel Wood. Texas Burial Sites of Civil War Notables: A Biographical and Pictorial Field Guide, 2002.

Other Resources

  • William Daniel Wood, birth date 3/11/1828, death date 5/11/1906, "lawyer, patriot, statesman," burial in San Marcos Cemetery, San Marcos, Hays County. Find a Grave.
  • Photo and death notice, "Judge Wood is Dead: San Marcos Man, Well Known All Over the State of Texas, Passes Away; Trustee of State Normal; President of a National Bank, and Had Served in Both House of the Legislature," 5/12/1906, p. 2. Died at his home in San Marcos at "early hour this morning" (dateline 5/11/1906). Galveston Daily News.
  • "At the August election in 1857, the people of Leon county elected me to the Legislature over a most estimable man and old Texas veteran, Captain John P. Border....in 1859, I was again a candidate for Representative, from Leon, being solicited in a public call, over the signatures of some fifteen leading citizens of the county. After having declared myself a candidate in response to this call, General W.B. Middleton announced as a candidate for the place. After the announcement of Middleton, all but about three of my solicitors appeared and desired me to release them from the obligation imposed upon them by their call to vote for me, as Middleton was their especial friend, and they desired to support him. I said, "certainly, I will release you, I desire no man to vote for me, unless I am his preference." I was defeated by Middleton, by five votes." W.D. Wood, pp. 67-68. A short biography of Daniel B. Wood and family: William Horn and family, Isaac F. Wood and family, W.D. Wood, his wife and her family., 1904.
  • Relatives: Father: Isaac F. Wood Son: William Daniel Wood. A short biography of Daniel B. Wood and family: William Horn and family, Isaac F. Wood and family, W.D. Wood, his wife and her family. , 1904 staff url A short biography of Daniel B. Wood and family: William Horn and family, Isaac F. Wood and family, W.D. Wood, his wife and her family., 1904.


  • Photograph. W.D. Wood, 14th Legislature, State Preservation Board
  • Photograph. W.D. Wood, 13th Legislature, DeGolyer Library, SMU, Lawrence T. Jones III Texas Photographs
  • Photograph. W.D. Wood, 13th Legislature, State Preservation Board

Composite Photographs on Display in the Capitol

Committee Information top

14th R.S. - 1874
Claims and Accounts  
Comptroller and Treasurer (Co-Chair)  
Comptroller's and Treasurer's Accounts (Chair) 
Federal Relations  
Financial Condition of the State  
Internal Improvements (Chair) 
Judicial Districts (Co-Chair) 
Lighting the State House with Gas  
Public Debt  
Public Lands  
Removal of Judge J.B. Williamson, 6th Judicial District  
Removal of Judge M. Priest, 4th Judicial District  
Retrenchment and Reform (Chair) 
Superintendent of Public Instruction  
Treasurer's Office  
13th R.S. - 1873
Comptroller of Public Accounts and State Treasurer, Examine  
Enrolled Bills  
Judiciary No. 1  
Private Land Claims  
Public Lands and Land Office  
Superintendent of Public Schools  
Tax Laws, Laws Regulating Fees of Office, and Costs Arising in Judicial Proceedings  
Towns and City Corporations (Chair) 
7th R.S. - 1857
Indian Affairs  
Judicial Districts  
Land or Money Claims Recommended by Court of Claims  
Private Land Claims  
Probate Law (Chair) 

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