Benjamin Wood (1820-1900) was a nineteenth- century American
politician from the state of New York during the American Civil
War. In 1860, he purchased the New York Daily News. In 1861 the
federal government effectively shut down the paper (by suspending
its delivery via the postal service) as being sympathetic with the
enemy. Wood was able to re-open the paper 18 months later. During
the interval, he wrote one novel Fort Lafayette; or, Love and
Secession (1862). His wife, Ida Wood, became a famous recluse and
miser whose true identity became the subject of a famous court case
after her death in 1932, the story of which is told in Joseph Cox's
book The Recluse of Herald Square.
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