While yet a young man Bert E. Woodbury, of the firm of Dunn & Woodbury, well known attorneys of Union City, has shown how energy, persistency and lofty aims win a definite degree of success early in one's career, and, judging from what he has already accomplished and from his evident innate ability, we predict for him a future replete with much larger things and fully gratified ambition. He seems to have inherited many of the attributes that win from his worthy progenitors, he being a scion of an excellent pioneer family of Randolph county. He is the present able and popular prosecuting attorney of the county.
Mr. Woodbury was born in Wayne township, Randolph county, Indiana, December 19, 1881, and is a fine example of the self-educated and self-made man. Early in life he worked on a farm and taught school one term in the country, and four terms in Union City, and by hard work, economy and self-denial he acquired means whereby he was enabled to get the professional education which he so ardently desired when a boy, and thus is deserving of much credit for making himself one of the leading lawyers of Randolph county while still quite young. He received his early education in the common schools of his native community and in 1907 attended the Indiana Normal School at Muncie, Indiana, and in 1908 commenced the study of law with Shockney Brothers. He took a three years' correspondence course in law, and was graduated from that school in 1910. He had been admitted to the bar in 1909, and began practicing his profession in 1910 in Union City, he and Ernest M. Dunn, whose sketch appears elsewhere in this work, formed a partnership on August 1, 1911, under the firm name of Dunn & Woodbury which still continues, having been very successful from the first, and these bright, determined young men are rapidly forging to the front rank of Randolph county lawyers, enjoying a lucrative and constantly growing practice. Mr. Woodbury is a safe and earnest attorney as well as a forceful, logical speaker.
Mr. Woodbury is a loyal Democrat and active in the ranks of his party. He was elected prosecuting attorney of the twenty-fifth judicial circuit, which comprises Randolph county, in the fall of 1912. He won in the face of a large Republican majority, and has the distinction of being the only Democratic prosecuting attorney ever elected in Randolph county. This indicates that he is a man of exceptionally high standing among his constituents who place much faith in his ability and integrity. He is discharging the duties of this important office, with the assistance of Mr. Dunn, in a highly creditable manner and is winning just praise from all classes. He is not only profoundly versed in the basic principles of law and the statutes of Indiana but is stickler for rigid law enforcement.
He was married February 29, 1908 to Ethyl Belle Ward, who was born in Darke county, Ohio, December 26, 1885. She is a young lady of education and affable disposition which makes her a favorite with her many friends. They have one child, James Eugene Woodbury, born May 23,1914.
Past and Present of Randolph County, Indiana, 1914.
Contributed by Gina Richardson
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