He received limited schooling, and removed to Bath in 1813. Then he studied law, was admitted to the bar and practiced in Bath. He was a member of the New York State Assembly in 1823 and 1828.
Woods was elected as an Adams-Clay Democratic-Republican to the 18th United States Congress to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of William B. Rochester and served from December 1, 1823, to March 3, 1825. Afterwards he resumed the practice of law. He was Surrogate of Steuben County from 1827 to 1835.
He was buried at the Grove Cemetery in Bath.
- United States Congress. "William Woods (id: W000727)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.
- The New York Civil List compiled by Franklin Benjamin Hough (pages 71, 200, 207, 317 and 418; Weed, Parsons and Co., 1858)
|U.S. House of Representatives|
|Preceded by |
William B. Rochester
| Member of the U.S. House of Representatives |
from New York's 28th congressional district
Timothy H. Porter