|Acting Territorial Governor of Kansas|
April 17, 1855 – June 23, 1855
August 16, 1855 – September 9, 1855
June 24, 1856 – July 7, 1856
August 18, 1856 – September 9, 1856
March 12, 1857 – April 16, 1857
|Born||May 24, 1824]|
Albemarle County, Virginia
|Died||October 5, 1894 (aged 70)|
Claremore, Indian Territory
|Spouse(s)||America Fuqua Christian Palmer|
|Profession||printer, newspaper editor, politician, land agent|
Early life[change | change source]
Woodson was born on a farm in Albemarle County, Virginia. Both of his parents died by the time he was 7 years old.
Political career[change | change source]
Woodson was chosen to be secretary of the Kansas Territory by President Franklin Pierce on June 29, 1854. He took the oath of office in Washington, DC on September 28. He made $2,000 per year. He agreed with people who wanted to make Kansas a slave state. He agreed with what the pro-slavery people in the territory wanted.
While Governor Andrew Reeder was away from the territory, Woodson became acting governor. He signed the first laws passed by the territorial legislature. Even though this first territorial legislature was seen as real by the federal government, free-staters called the laws "bogus laws".