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Gilbert Motier Woodward (December 25, 1835 - March 13, 1913) was a U.S. Representative from Wisconsin.

Early life[]

Woodward was born December 25, 1835 in Washington, D.C., and was educated in the common schools.

He studied law, was admitted to the bar in 1861 and commenced practice in La Crosse, Wisconsin, in February 1860.

Civil War[]

He served more than three years in the Union Army during the Civil War as a private, first sergeant, second lieutenant, first lieutenant, and adjutant in the Second Regiment, Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry of the famed Iron Brigade.


After the war he served as district attorney of La Crosse County 1866-1873, as mayor in 1874 and 1875, and was the City attorney in 1876-1882.

Woodward was elected as a Democrat to the Forty-eighth Congress (March 4, 1883-March 3, 1885) but was an unsuccessful for reelection in 1884 to the Forty-ninth Congress.

After leavving office he resumed the practice of law in La Crosse, Wisconsin and was an unsuccessful Democratic candidate for Governor of Wisconsin in 1886.

He served as delegate to the Democratic National Convention in 1888.

He died in La Crosse, Wisconsin, March 13, 1913 and is buried in Oak Grove Cemetery.