Woodson R. Oglesby

Woodson Ratcliffe Oglesby circa 1915

Woodson Ratcliffe Oglesby (February 9, 1867 – April 30, 1955) was a U.S. Representative from New York, cousin of Richard James Oglesby.


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.

He died in Quincy, Florida, April 30, 1955. He was interred in Eastern Cemetery, Quitman, Georgia.


New York Assembly
Preceded by
George N. Rigby
New York State Assembly
Westchester County, 1st District

Succeeded by
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
Succeeded by
Benjamin L. Fairchild

 This article incorporates public domain material from the Biographical Directory of the United States Congress website http://bioguide.congress.gov.