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2024 LECTURE SERIES: “Levi Woodbury: From ‘Baby Judge’ to U.S. Supreme Court (and Threshold of the White House)” with Jack McGee

November 20 @ 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm


Athenaeum Proprietor Jack McGee presents Levi Woodbury: From ‘Baby Judge’ to U.S. Supreme Court (and Threshold of the White House). Born in Francestown, New Hampshire, Levi Woodbury established a legal practice there in 1812.  He was named to New Hampshire’s highest court in 1816 at age 26.  In 1823 he was elected Governor of NH; from there he was elected to the United States Senate.  He served as Secretary of the Navy under Andrew Jackson and as Secretary of the Treasury under Jackson and Martin Van Buren.  In 1845 he was appointed to the United States Supreme Court by James K. Polk.  At his death in 1851, he was the leading Democratic Party contender for the Presidency in the 1852 Presidential election.

Jack McGee, a name partner in Flynn and McGee, P.A. here in Portsmouth, has served as a member of the Order of the Barristers, Chairman of the New Hampshire Labor Board of Appeals and Vice President and President of the Portsmouth Athenaeum.

Program is part of the 2024 Lecture Series "Political Engagement in New Hampshire: Past and Present," and it begins at 5:30 p.m. in the Shaw Research Library of the Portsmouth Athenæum at 9 Market Square in Portsmouth, NH (unless otherwise noted). Reservations for each program are required as seating is limited. Online registration is below. If unable to keep your reservation, please call (603) 431-2538 to release the seat for someone else. NOTE: Online registration ends 24 hours before the program begins; thereafter, please call (603) 431-2538, if space is available.

Attendance is FREE for Athenæum Proprietors, Subscribers, and Friends. Guests and members of the public are welcome to attend the entire series by becoming a Friend of the Athenæum for as little as $25 per year, payable at the door. Admission to an individual program is $15.

The 2024 Lecture Series "Political Engagement in New Hampshire: Past and Present" is sponsored by Whole Wealth Management.

Image: Levi Woodbury, half-length portrait, daguerreotype, between 1844 and 1851. Courtesy of the Library of Congress.


November 20
5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
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Portsmouth Athenaeum, 9 Market Square, Portsmouth, NH 03801, USA
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