General Amos W. W. Woodcock was an outstanding citizen of Salisbury, Maryland who served his community, state, and country in numerous capacities. His life (1883-1964) was intertwined with many of the major events of the first half of the 20th century, and in many cases he played a significant role in them.
Woodcock was born in Salisbury, MD in 1883. He graduated from Wicomico High School and received his B.A. degree from St. John's College (Annapolis) in 1903 and his bachelor of law degree from the University of Maryland in 1910. He received an M.A. law degree from Harvard University in 1912.
Woodcock was the commander of Company I, the National Guard Company from Salisbury. He served with the Company during its patrol along the Mexican border in 1916, and subsequently went to France as its commander in World War One. In France he served as commander of the 3rd Battalion of the 115th Regiment during the fierce fighting of the Meuse-Argonne Offensive, and was cited for Gallantry in Action. He was promoted to major, and later to Lieutenant Colonel.
After the war Woodcock served in several government posts: he was an assistant Attorney General for Maryland and later served for nine years as the U.S. Attorney for Maryland. Herbert Hoover appointed him as the Director of Prohibition from 1930 to 1933, and he served as the president of St. John's College in Annapolis from 1934-1937. Just prior to World War Two he was promoted to the rank of brigadier general, and was involved in the prosecution of Japanese war criminals after the war.
Locally, Woodcock served as the president of the Wicomico County Board of Education, he was a prominent member of Asbury Methodist Church, was on the Board of Directors of the Salisbury National Rank, and was a founding member of the Wicomico American Legion Post 464 (and served as Commander of Maryland's American Legion during the 1920s). After years of dedicated service, Woodcock retired to his small estate along the Wicomico River, where he died in 1964.
|School Location:||United States -- Maryland|
|Source:||MAI 48/03M, Masters Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Biographies, American history, Military history|
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