Name:  Augustus Woodward

Past position: Chief Justice of Michigan Territories

Woodward arrived in Detroit in 1805, just weeks after the fire had decimated the city.  He set about rebuilding it along the lines of L'Enfant's design for Washington, with a central hub located at the river from which streets radiated out, giving the city a wheel-and-spokes appearance when mapped.

Woodward died, unmarried, in 1825.  Woodward Avenue in Detroit is named for him.


1.  Ross, The Early Bench and Bar of Detroit, 240

2..  Michigan Supreme Court Historical Society, "Augustus Woodward,"

3.  Tobin, "One odd duck,"