New Jersey Obituaries
George S. Woodhull
The Hopewell Herald (Hopewell, New Jersey) March 9 1881
Death of Ex-Judge Woodhull
Hon. George S. Woodhull, late Judge of the Supreme Court, died at Camden on Friday, after a few days illness, from pneumonia, aged sixty-five years. He was a native on Monmouth county, N.J. His grandfather, Rev. John Woodhull, D. D. was an eminent divine, and for more than forty years pastor of the old Tennent Church, located about three miles from Freehold, while his father, John T. Woodhull, M. D., who died in 1869 at the age of 62, was a leading practitioner of the county. Judge Woodhull was prepared for college at the Princeton Academy, and in 1830 entered Princeton College, where he studied three years and graduated with distinction. Having made choice of legal profession he became a student under Richard S. Field, of Princeton and was admitted to the Bar in 1840 aa an attorney, and in 1842 as a counsellor. Began his practice at Freehold, and in 1850 removed to Moy's Landing, Atlantic County, living there for twelve years.
In 1850, the year of his removal to Atlantic county, he was appointed by Governor Haines as its Prosecuting Attorney, and held the office for fifteen years, distinguishing himself by able and faithful service which led in 1855 to his appointment as Prosecuting Attorney for Cape May County, and for ten years he exercised the functions placed upon him as the prosecuting officer of two counties. In 1856, during his residence in Atlantic County, he was a candidate for State Senate on the Republican ticket, but was defeated. In 1866 he was appointed by Governor Ward Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of New Jersey and had assigned to him the Second Judicial District comprising the counties of Camden, Burlington and Gloucester. He attained so fine a reputation for ability and integrity that on the expiration of his term in 1873 he was reappointed by Gov. Parker, although differing politically with the State administration. The nomination was at once confirmed by the Senate. One of the most important trials that ever took place in his a(?)et was that of Hunter, for the murder of John M. Armstrong, over which he presided. Last year Judge Woodhull was succeeded as Associate Justice by ex-Gov. Joel Parker, and he retired to practice.
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