Ira W. Wood

Ira Wells Wood ( born June 19, 1856 in Wilkes -Barre, Pennsylvania; † 5 October 1931 in Trenton, New Jersey ) was an American politician. Between 1904 and 1913 he represented the State of New Jersey in the U.S. House of Representatives.


Ira Wood studied until 1877 at the Princeton College. After a subsequent law degree in 1880 and its recent approval as a lawyer, he began to work in Trenton in this profession. At the same time he proposed as a member of the Republican Party a political career. Between 1894 and 1896 he was a member of the Education Committee of Trenton; 1896 to 1900 he sat in the local city council. In 1899 and 1900 he was a deputy in the New Jersey General Assembly. In 1904 he served as State Representative from New Jersey at the Louisiana Purchase Exposition, the World's Fair in St. Louis. The following year he took part in an inter-parliamentary peace congress in Brussels as an American delegate.

Following the resignation of Mr William M. Lanning, who had been appointed to a federal judgeship, Wood was at the due election for the fourth seat from New Jersey as his successor in the U.S. House of Representatives in Washington DC chosen, where he took up his new mandate on 8 November 1904. After four elections he could remain until March 3, 1913 at the Congress. In 1912, Wood gave up a bid again. After the end of his time in the U.S. House of Representatives, he retired from politics. He spent his life in Trenton, where he died on 5 October 1931.