William Woodburn

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William Woodburn
12th Attorney General of Nevada
In office
January 15, 1901 – January 5, 1903
GovernorReinhold Sadler
Preceded byWilliam D. Jones
Succeeded byJames G. Sweeney
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Nevada's At-Large district
In office
March 4, 1885 – March 3, 1889
Preceded byGeorge Williams Cassidy
Succeeded byHorace F. Bartine
In office
March 4, 1875 – March 3, 1877
Preceded byCharles West Kendall
Succeeded byThomas Wren
Personal details
Born(1838-04-14)April 14, 1838
County Wicklow, Ireland
DiedJanuary 15, 1915(1915-01-15) (aged 76)
Carson City, Nevada
Political partyRepublican
ResidenceVirginia City

William Woodburn (April 14, 1838 – January 15, 1915) was an American politician and a member of the United States House of Representatives from Nevada. He immigrated with his parents to the United States in 1849. He attended St. Charles College, Maryland, studied law, and was admitted to the bar in 1866. He commenced the practice of law in Virginia City, Nevada. In 1871 and 1872, he was the district attorney of Storey County, Nevada.

William Woodburn was elected as a Republican to the Forty-fourth Congress, which met from March 4, 1875 to March 3, 1877. He was later elected to the Forty-ninth and Fiftieth Congresses, and he served from March 4, 1885 to March 3, 1889. He resumed the practice of his profession in Virginia City, Nevada. He was an unsuccessful candidate for election in 1892 to the Fifty-third Congress. He was appointed Attorney General of Nevada by Governor Reinhold Sadler on January 15, 1901, succeeding William D. Jones who resigned to become a state district court judge. Woodburn served the remainder of Jones' term which expired in January 1903, and returned to private practice.

Woodburn died on January 15, 1915 in Carson City, Nevada. He was interred in St. Theresa Cemetery.


  • United States Congress. "William Woodburn (id: W000710)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.
  • Office of the Nevada Attorney General: William Woodburn - Republican

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U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
Charles West Kendall
United States House of Representatives, Nevada At-Large
Succeeded by
Thomas Wren
Preceded by
George Williams Cassidy
United States House of Representatives, Nevada At-Large
Succeeded by
Horace F. Bartine