Reuben T. Wood

Reuben Terrell Wood ( * August 7, 1884 in Springfield, Missouri, † July 16, 1955 ) was an American politician. Between 1933 and 1941 he represented the State of Missouri in the U.S. House of Representatives.


Reuben Wood attended both public and private schools. In 1898, he graduated in his home town of Springfield a lesson in the manufacture of cigars. In the following years and decades, he devoted himself to the labor and trade union movement. Between 1902 and 1912 he was employed as a Labor Organization Officer; 1912-1932 he was regional chairman of the American Federation of Labor for the State of Missouri.

Politically, Wood was a member of the Democratic Party. In the congressional elections of 1932 he was in the sixth electoral district of Missouri in the U.S. House of Representatives in Washington DC chosen, where he became the successor of Clement C. Dickinson on March 4, 1933. After three re- elections, he was able to complete in Congress until January 3rd, 1941 four legislative sessions. During this time, most of the New Deal legislation of the Federal Government were adopted under President Franklin D. Roosevelt. 1933 was repealed by the 21st Amendment to the Constitution of the 18th Amendment in 1919 again. It was about the ban on the trade in alcoholic beverages, which had proved to be unfeasible. From 1939 to 1941 Wood was chairman of the committee that dealt with war claims. In 1940 he was defeated by Republican Philip Allen Bennett.

After his retirement from the U.S. House of Representatives Wood took his previous activities in the union movement again. Until retirement in 1953, he remained chairman of the Federation of Labor in Missouri. In 1944 he was a delegate at a meeting to revise the State Constitution. Reuben Wood died on 16 July 1955 in Springfield, where he was also buried.