George William Wood was born in Leeds, the son of William Wood, a Unitarian minister who was Joseph Priestley's successor at the Mill Hill Chapel, amateur botanist and campaigner against the Test Acts. His mother was Louisa Ann née Oates, the daughter of a wealthy Leeds family.
Wood moved to Manchester around 1801 and became a prominent businessman there but, as a memorial in the Upper Brook Street Chapel cited, "having early in life engaged in commercial pursuits ... he quitted [sic] the pursuits of wealth for the nobler objects of public usefulness." He was member of parliament for Lancashire South from 1832 to 1835, and for Kendal from 1837 until his death. He was a prime mover in the establishment of both the Royal Manchester Institution and the Manchester Mechanics' Institute, and was one of the two inaugural vice-presidents of the Manchester Athenaeum.
Honours and offices
- Fellow of the Linnaean Society;
- Fellow of the Geological Society;
- Vice-president of the Manchester Literary and Philosophical Society.
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|Parliament of the United Kingdom|
|New constituency|| Member of Parliament for South Lancashire
1832 – 1835
With: Viscount Molyneux
Lord Francis Egerton
Richard Bootle Wilbraham
| Member of Parliament for Kendal
1837 – 1843