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Judge Henry Woods

Judge Henry  Woods
Status: Deceased

(1918 - 2002)

From 1941 to 1946, Henry Woods worked as a Special Agent for the FBI after which he went into private practice in Texarkana, Arkansas. He was executive secretary to Governor Sid McMath from 1949 to 1953 and served as campaign manager in Sid's successful bids for election in 1948, 1950, and 1952 as well as Sid's failed challenge to Governor Orval Faubus in 1962 and Sid's bid to topple United States Senator John Little McClellan in 1954. After that, Henry returned to private practice with Sid McMath in Little Rock.

While in private practice in 1969, Henry, along with Sid, brought suit against San Ore Construction Company for negligence under the Jones Act on behalf of their injured client. This was the first $1 million verdict in Arkansas and opened the door for both Henry and Sid's eligibility for membership in the Inner Circle.

In 1979, Henry was nominated by then President Jimmy Carter as the federal judge on the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Arkansas. He was confirmed by the U.S. Senate on February 20, 1980, and received his commission the same day.
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