Benjamin Wood (October 13, 1820 – 21 February 1900) was a nineteenth-century American politician from the state of New York during the American Civil War.
Life and career
Wood, the son of Benjamin and Rebecca (Lehman) Wood, was born in Shelbyville, Kentucky on October 13, 1820, and was the brother of US congressional representative andNew York City Mayor Fernando Wood. The Wood family moved from Kentucky to New York City, and Benjamin Wood was educated in New York City. He entered the mercantile and shipping business, and in 1860, he purchased the New York Daily News (not to be confused with the current New York Daily News, which was founded in 1919), of which he was the editor and publisher until he died in 1900.