William Henry Woodward (December 11, 1834 - November 30, 1904) was an English-American printer and publisher based in St. Louis. Woodward was born in Hereford, England. He moved with his parents to the United States in 1841-2, when his father had a disagreement with the Church of England, moved to New Jersey, and was ordained an Episcopal Minister. The family moved between churches, in Pennsylvania, Michigan, Wisconsin (1849 - 1851), before finally, in 1851-2, settling permanently in St. Louis. W. H. remained in Madison, where from 1849 to 1852, he apprenticed in the printing trade under Col. David Atwood, publisher of the Wisconsin Statesman. In St. Louis, he began his work in the printing trade at the Missouri Republican, at the time the main regional paper. He attained some success and leverage his savings to purchase the printing concern of George H. Hanson. Woodward establishment quickly gained reputation for solid work promptly delivered. During the Civil War, Woodward was recruited into the Missouri Home Guard and saw active service under General. E.C. Pike. In 1868 James Tiernan (1838 - September 16, 1886), a former colleague from the Missouri Republican joined the firm, after which the imprint changed to 'Woodward and Tiernan.' The business also moved to the intersection of Third and Pine. In 1872, William B. Hale also joined the partnership, and the imprint was changed again, this time to 'Woodward, Tiernan and Hale.' The business moved again, this time to the intersection of Second and Locust. Hale retired in 1882, causing the firm's imprint to revert to 'Woodward and Tiernan.' Tiernan passed away in 1886, just as the firm was preparing to move into even large quarters ate 309-315 North Third Street. Woodward acquired Tiernan's shares and reorganized the firm as the 'Woodward and Tiernan Stock Company.' Under Woodward's management the company grew to become a major concern employing some 800 people and occupying several factories. Woodward died of a heart attack at the St. Louis Club in November of 1904.