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Our History: Featured Alumni/ae: Woods, James P., 1893

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James Pleasant Woods

Congressman from Virginia

James P. Woods was born on February 4, 1868 near Roanoke, Virginia. He graduated from Roanoke College in 1892. He studied law at the University of Virginia in 1892 and 1893. He was admitted to the bar in the latter year and commenced practice in Roanoke, Virginia. He served as mayor of Roanoke from 1898-1900.

Woods was elected as a Democrat to the Sixty-fifth and Sixty-sixth Congresses to fill the vacancies caused by the resignation of Carter Glass. He was reelected to the Sixty-seventh Congress and served from February 25, 1919, to March 3, 1923. He served as delegate to the Democratic National Convention in 1920 but was an unsuccessful candidate for re-nomination in 1922. He then resumed the practice of law. Woods was president of the board of trustees of Roanoke College, a member of the board of trustees of the Randolph-Macon system of colleges, and rector of the board of visitors of the Virginia Polytechnic Institute. He died in Roanoke, Virginia on July 7, 1948 and was buried in Evergreen Burial Park.