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Wood Park

Thieriot Av, Wood Av, N/B Cross Bronx Exwy Service Rd


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This text is part of Parks’ Historical Signs Project and can be found posted within the park.

Wood Park, located in the South Bronx neighborhood of Parkchester, honors one of New York’s most controversial mayors, Fernando Wood (1812-1881).

Born on June 14, 1812 in Philadelphia, Wood moved to New York City to launch a successful career as a real estate speculator. At the age of 29, he won a seat in the U.S. Congress (1841-1843). At the end of his term, Wood returned to the business world where he garnered numerous business and governmental contacts over a short period, enabling him to bypass the corrupt machinations of New York’s dominant political machine, Tammany Hall (1855-1932). To Tammany’s chagrin, Wood successfully ran for mayor as a member of the Democratic Party in 1855. Wood served out his two-year term, but later lost reelection to Daniel Tiemann (1805-1899).

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