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Frederick E. Woodbridge

Frederick Enoch Woodbridge
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Vermont's 1st district
In office
March 4, 1863 – March 3, 1869
Preceded by Eliakim Persons Walton
Succeeded by Charles W. Willard
Personal details
Born (1818-08-29)August 29, 1818
Vergennes, Vermont, USA
Died April 25, 1888(1888-04-25) (aged 69)
Vergennes, Vermont, USA
Citizenship  United States
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Mary Parkhurst Woodbridge
Children Enoch Day Woodbridge
Profession Politician, Lawyer

Frederick Enoch Woodbridge (August 29, 1818 – April 25, 1888) was a nineteenth-century politician and lawyer from Vermont. He served as a U.S. Representative from Vermont.


Woodbridge was born in Vergennes, Vermont, son of Enoch D. Woodbridge and Clara (Strong) Woodbridge.[1] He graduated from the University of Vermont in 1840. He studied law with his father and was admitted to the bar in 1843. He began the practice of law in Vergennes.[2]

He served as a member of the Vermont House of Representatives in 1849, 1857 and 1858. Woodbridge was the mayor of Vergennes for five years, and was the Vermont Auditor of Accounts from 1850 until 1852.[3] He was a prosecuting attorney from 1854 to 1858.[4] He engaged in the construction of railroads and was vice-president of the Rutland and Washington Railroad.[5] Woodbridge served in the Vermont Senate in 1860 and 1861,[6] serving as president pro tempore in the latter year.[7]

Woodbridge was elected a Republican candidate to the United States House of Representatives in 1862, serving from 1863 to 1869.[8][9] He was a major proponent of the Expatriation Act of 1868.[10]

After leaving Congress, he resumed practicing law until his death in Vergennes, Vermont on April 25, 1888. He is interred in Prospect Cemetery in Vergennes.[11]

Personal life

Woodbridge was married to Mary Parkhurst Woodbridge.[12] Their son Enoch Day Woodbridge was a surgeon at Bellevue Hospital.[13]


External links

  • Biographical Directory of the United States Congress: WOODBRIDGE, Frederick Enoch, (1818 - 1888)
  • Rep. Frederick Woodbridge
  • Vermont in the Civil War: Frederick E. Woodbridge
  • Find A Grave: Frederick Enoch Woodbridge
  • The Political Graveyard: Woodbridge, Frederick Enoch (1818-1888)

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Political offices
Preceded by
Silas H. Hodges
Vermont Auditor of Accounts
1850 – 1853
Succeeded by
William M. Pingry
Preceded by
Eliakim P. Walton
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Vermont's 1st congressional district

March 4, 1863 – March 3, 1869
Succeeded by
Charles W. Willard

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