Otho T. Woods

OTHO T. WOODS is now serving as United States marshal for the District of Kansas, with headquarters at Topeka. He is a Kansas man, was reared on a farm, and has made himself a factor in public affairs of his home district, and it was his creditable and efficient service as a county sheriff which preceded and gave him the qualifications for his present responsible post.

He was born in November, 1865, and has spent most of his life in Kansas. He was one of eight children born to John C. and Laura E. (Smith) Woods, his father having been a prosperous Kansas farmer.

With an education in the grammar and high schools of Kansas, he had ample discipline in the work of the farm under his father, and later he took up farming as an independent vocation and also became extensively engaged in the stock business.

Mr. Woods has for many years lived in Seward County, and he served as sheriff of that county for two terms. He was appointed United States marshal June 10, 1914, and has under his supervision five deputy United States marshals. On many occasions Mr. Woods has shown his courage and coolness in the presence of danger, and is a prompt executive, quick to carry out his orders, and with a resourcefulness which makes him master of every exigency.

He is affiliated with the Modern Woodmen. Mr. Woods married Miss Minnie E. Vance, daughter of Capt. H. W. Vance. They are the parents of eight children.


A Standard History of Kansas and Kansans, written and compiled by William E. Connelley, Secretary of the Kansas State Historical Society, Topeka. Chicago: Lewis Publishing Company, copyright 1918; transcribed by students from USD 508, Baxter Springs Middle School, Baxter Springs, Kansas, November, 1997.
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