William G. Woodward (1855 - 1860)
Served on the Iowa
Supreme Court from January 9, 1855, to January 11, 1860.
Born in Hanover, New
Hampshire, in 1808. He was graduated from Dartmouth College with high honors.
His father was defendant in the famous Dartmouth College Case, in the argument
of which Daniel Webster won perhaps his greatest distinction as a
constitutional lawyer. After his admission to the bar he formed a partnership
with his cousin Benjamin R. Curtis who afterward went to the Supreme Court of the
In 1839 he moved to Iowa
locating at Bloomington, now Muscatine. Justice Woodward was one of the three
commissioners who framed the Code of 1851, the others being Charles Mason and
Stephen Hempstead. He was a member of the Ninth and Ninth Extra General
Assemblies, but resigned before the close of his term to accept the position of
Clerk of the United States Circuit Court.
Justice Woodward died
February 24, 1871.