Arkansas County Judge Joseph Wood recounts his road from orphanage to race for lieutenant governor
Added 11-25-21 07:29:02am EST - “County Judge Joseph Wood of Washington County, Arkansas, recounted to Fox News Digital the journey that took him from an orphanage in Chicago to running in next year's Arkansas lieutenant governor's race.” - Foxnews.com
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When Illinois made it possible in 2010 for adult adoptees in the state to apply for their original birth certificates, Joseph Wood hoped he would find the answer to questions that had been troubling him for 45 years.
Wood, a Chicago native who now serves as county judge in Washington County, Arkansas, instead learned that his earliest record is a foundling certificate, which listed March 20, 1965 — what he thought was his birthday — as the day he was found abandoned in a shoe box in front of an apartment building.
In an interview this November with Fox News Digital to commemorate National Adoption Month, Wood recounted the journey that took him from an orphanage in Chicago to running in next year's Arkansas lieutenant governor's race.
When he uncovered his foundling certificate, Wood found out he had been discovered by a man named Ceasar Johnson, whom he later tracked down and met. Wood learned he was only about two weeks old when Johnson found him and took him to a downtown orphanage.
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