Born near Shelbyville, Kentucky, Oglesby attended the public schools, Kentucky Wesleyan College (then at Millersburg), and the Illinois Wesleyan University at Bloomington. He studied law. He was admitted to the bar in 1890 and commenced practice in New York City. He served during the Spanish–American War as a private in Company C, Seventy-first Regiment, New York National Guard. He was a member of the New York State Assembly (Westchester Co., 1st D.) in 1906. He was a delegate to the 1912 Democratic National Convention.
Oglesby was elected as a Democrat to the 63rd and 64th United States Congresses, holding office from March 4, 1913, to March 3, 1917. Afterwards he resumed the practice of law in New York City until his retirement in 1928 and resided in Yonkers, New York, and Quincy, Florida.
- United States Congress. "Woodson R. Oglesby (id: O000049)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.
|New York Assembly|
|Preceded by |
George N. Rigby
| New York State Assembly |
Westchester County, 1st District
Harry W. Haines
|U.S. House of Representatives|
|Preceded by |
George W. Fairchild
| Member of the U.S. House of Representatives |
from New York's 24th congressional district
March 4, 1917 – March 3, 1919
Benjamin L. Fairchild
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