Member Biography

T. (Theodore) Newell Wood 

Sessions Office Position District Party
1947-1948       20 Republican
1949-1950       20 Republican
1951-1952       20 Republican
1953-1954       20 Republican
1969       20 Republican
1970       20 Republican
1971       20 Republican
1972       20 Republican
1973       20 Republican
1974       20 Republican
1975     Minority Whip 20 Republican
1976     Minority Whip 20 Republican
1977       20 Republican
1978       20 Republican


07/10/1909 - 10/18/1982

T. (Theodore) Newell Wood (R20) Luzerne (Part) County 1947-1954 (R20) Bradford (Part), Monroe (Part), Luzerne (Part), Pike, Wayne and Wyoming Counties 1969-1978

Early Life:

T. (Theodore) Newell Wood, born July 10, 1909, Harvey’s Lake, Luzerne County, Pennsylvania; Charles Bryant Drake Wood and Florence Augusta Newell Wood; chairman, board of Kingston National Bank, president, Pressed Steel Company, Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania; commissioner, Luzerne County, four years; elected, Republican, Pennsylvania State Senate, 1947-1954; elected, Republican, Pennsylvania State Senate, 1969-1978, elected, Republican Whip, 1975-1976; spouses, Gertrude Lillian Crane Wood, 1932 (d.1975), Catherine Soudas Wood; October 18, 1982 (aged 73), interment, Fern Knoll Burial Park, Dallas, Luzerne County, Pennsylvania.

Pennsylvania Politics:

Commissioner, Luzerne County, four years.

Elected, Republican, Pennsylvania State Senate, 20th district, Luzerne (Part) County, 1947-1954.

Elected, Republican, Pennsylvania State Senate, 20th district, Bradford (Part), Monroe (Part), Luzerne (Part), Pike, Wayne and Wyoming Counties, 1969-1978, elected, Republican Whip, 1975-1976.


From 1952- 1956, hosted the Brynfan Tyddyn Road Race around his estate Harvey’s Lake, Luzerne County, Pennsylvania. Brynfan Tyddyn is Welsh for "large farm on a hilltop" and the race consisted of 10 laps around a 3.5-mile course around the estate. The race was discontinued in 1957 after a fatal accident and officials determined the course was too dangerous and difficult for participants and spectators to reach.


Cox, Harold. "Senate Members W"Wilkes University Election Statistics Project. Wilkes University.

Petrillo, F. Charles. "Harvey's Lake History"

Bryfan Tyddyn Home Team Advantage"

Skrapits, Elizabeth. "Remembering the glory days of car races at Harveys Lake".

Theodore Newell Wood (1909-1982) - Find a Grave Memorial