"Charles Levi Woodbury (22 May 1820 - July 1898) was born and educated in Portsmouth. He studied at Georgetown University and was admitted to the bar in the District of Columbia at the age of eighteen. Woodbury never married. After passing the bar, Woodbury studied law in Hayneville, Alabama, for several years.
In about 1845 he settled in Boston and began to practice law with the firm Rantoul, Woodbury and Upham. A Democrat, he apparently had no political ambition for office, declining a foreign mission to Bolivia offered by President Franklin Pierce in 1853. He did attend conventions and campaigned for the Democratic party throughout his life. Woodbury held several judicial position in Massachusetts. He was admitted to the bar of the supreme court in Boston on a motion by Daniel Webster; from 1858-61 he served as U.S. District Attorney for Massachusetts. He was an avid student of history and law, writing for magazines on such subjects as reciprocity with Canada and the decay of U.S. navigation. In 1852 he edited the writings of his father Levi; he also researched his family genealogy, published after his death by his sister Ellen.
He was involved as a Mason in Massachusetts, and was a proprietor of the Portsmouth Athenaeum. He inherited his father's library and was active as a book collector. In 1872 the great fire of Boston destroyed a large portion of his books, about half of which were rare books and incunabula. He bequeathed his library to the Athenaeum in 1899. The Woodbury mansion in Portsmouth was the family's summer home until Levi Woodbury's death in 1851. Elizabeth Woodbury inhabited the home until her death in 1873, after which it was not used by the family. Charles Woodbury died in Boston in 1898 and was buried in the family plot at Harmony Grove."
Source: Portsmouth Athenaeum Finding Aid: "Woodbury Family Papers, (MS094), Portsmouth Athenaeum"