Wood, Charles Erskine Scott, 1852-1944

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Birth 1852-02-20
Death 1944-01-22

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Charles Erskine Scott Wood (1852-1944) was a U.S. Army officer, lawyer, and author. After graduating from the U.S. Military Academy in 1874, he became an aide to General O.O. Howard in 1877, serving with him in thePacific Northwest during the Bannock and Paiute and Nez Percé Indian wars. He later attended Columbia University, obtained his law degrees, and established a practice of maritime and corporation law in Portland, Oregon. In addition to his successful law practice, Wood painted, wrote, and was a champion of social justice. Along with Sara Bard Field (1882-1974), whom he later married, Wood was an active supporter of liberal causes and became the center of an artistic and literary circle in the San Francisco area. Wood's publications include The poet in the desert (1915) and Heavenly discourse (1927), as well as various articles for the Pacific monthly and Century magazines.

From the description of Papers of C. E. S. Wood (Addenda), 1897-1970 (bulk 1912-1940). (Huntington Library, Art Collections & Botanical Gardens). WorldCat record id: 122499675

C.E.S Wood came to the West as a soldier and explorer in the 1870's. In later years he was a lawyer, politician, painter, poet, writer, and patron of the arts. In the summers of 1904 and 1908 Hassam stayed with Wood in Oregon. In addition to executing a mural for Woods residence, Hassam produced over 40 impressionistic landscapes of the stark eastern Oregon desert, which were exhibited at Montross Galleries, New York, in 1909.

From the description of Charles E.S. Wood papers, 1884-1940 (bulk 1870-1940) [microform]. (Metropolitan Museum of Art). WorldCat record id: 200281676

Charles Erskine Scott Wood (1852-1944) was a U.S. Army officer, lawyer, and author. After graduating from the U.S. Military Academy in 1874, he became an aide to General O.O. Howard in 1877, serving with him in the Pacific Northwest during the Bannock and Paiute and Nez Percé Indian wars. He later attended Columbia University, obtained his law degrees, and established a practice of maritime and corporation law in Portland, Oregon. In addition to his successful law practice, Wood painted, wrote, and was a champion of social justice. Along with Sara Bard Field (1882-1974), whom he later married, Wood was an active supporter of liberal causes and became the center of an artistic and literary circle in the San Francisco area. Wood's publications include The poet in the desert (1915) and Heavenly discourse (1927), as well as various articles for the Pacific monthly and Century magazines.

From the description of Papers of C. E. S. Wood, 1829-1980 (bulk 1870-1940). (Huntington Library, Art Collections & Botanical Gardens). WorldCat record id: 122332618

Charles Erskine Scott Wood accompanied General Howard to eastern Washington to negotiate with Chief Moses and the Sinkiuse-Columbia (Interior Salish) Indians. During the 1879 trip, Wood carried this sketchbook, in which he kept detailed drawings of the landscape and many of the chiefs he encountered.

From the guide to the Charles Erskine Scott Wood Sketchbook, 1879, (Lewis & Clark College Special Collections and Archives)

Wood was a painter, lawyer, and collector. He owned work by his friend Albert Pinkham Ryder.

From the description of Charles Erskine Scott Wood papers regarding Albert Pinkham Ryder, 1899-1918. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 81618108

Painter, lawyer.

From the description of Charles Erskine Scott Wood letter, 1927. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 122403807

C.E.S Wood came to the West as a soldier and explorer in the 1870's. In later years he was a lawyer, politician, painter, poet, writer, and patron of the arts.

In law practice he represented various businesses, but also was a defender of free speech and radical politics. He defended Emma Goldman and provided counsel for the I.W.W. His professional life was spent in Portland, Oregon, and the years of his retirement in San Francisco and Los Gatos. Wood's second wife was poet Sara Bard Field.

From the description of Charles E.S. Wood papers, 1884-1920. (University of California, Berkeley). WorldCat record id: 215100767

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Subjects:

  • Military
  • Painting, American
  • Authors, American--19th century
  • Oregon
  • Poets, American--Manuscripts
  • Authors, American--20th century--Correspondence
  • Poets, American--20th century
  • Sinkiuse--Columbia Indians--Government relations
  • Poets, American--Correspondence
  • Socialism--History--Sources
  • Indians of North America--Wars
  • Sculptors
  • Authors, American--19th century--Correspondence
  • Mexican War, 1846-1848
  • Indians of North America--Government relations
  • Women--Suffrage
  • Authors, American--20th century
  • Labor
  • Working class
  • Paiute Indians--Wars
  • Nez Perce Indians--Wars, 1877
  • Moses, Chief, ca. 1829-1899
  • Poets, American--19th century
  • United States--Army--Officers--Archives
  • Native Americans
  • Women's rights--History--Sources
  • Artists, American--Correspondence
  • Bannock Indians--Wars, 1878
  • Nez Percé Indians--Wars, 1877--Personal narratives
  • Artists--Correspondence

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  • United States (as recorded)
  • Oregon (as recorded)
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