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Rollin S. Woodruff


Rollin Simmons Woodruff July 14, 1854 – June 30, 1925 was an American politician and the 62nd Governor of Connecticut

Contents

  • 1 Biography
  • 2 Career
  • 3 Death
  • 4 References
  • 5 Further reading
  • 6 External links

Biographyedit

Woodruff was born in Rochester, New York on July 14, 18541 He was the son of Jeremiah Woodruff, who was a minister; and Clarissa "Clorise" Thompson Woodruff2 He was educated in the public schools of Rochester and New Haven3 He married Kaomeo E Perkins on January 14, 1880,4 and they had three children, all of whom died young

Careeredit

Woodruff was a successful businessman and was involved in several banks and corporations He was a director of the Mechanics Bank of New Haven, the Connecticut Savings Bank, and the Connecticut Computing Machine Company He was vice president of the Federal Adding Machine Company In addition, Woodruff was president of Grace Hospital of New Haven and C S Mersick Company, a manufacturer and wholesaler of heavy hardware, railroad supplies, machinist supplies and other metal products567

Beginning in 1896 became active in the state militia, and in 1899 he was appointed aide-de-camp to Governor George E Lounsbury with the rank of colonel8

In 1902 he became a member of the Connecticut Society of the Sons of the American Revolution

A Republican, he was elected to one term in the Connecticut State Senate in 1903, and was chosen the Senate's President pro tempore9

He was President of New Haven's Chamber of Commerce from 1905 to 190710

Woodruff became the 51st Lieutenant Governor of Connecticut in 1905 He held that position until 190711

Winning the 1906 Republican gubernatorial nomination, Woodruff became the Governor of Connecticut on January 9, 1907 During his term, he vetoed several acts of the legislature, arguing that they were too costly Woodruff remained active in his business He became a member of the Union League Club He also served as a member of the New Haven Young Men's Republican Club11

Deathedit

Woodruff died in Guilford Center, Connecticut on June 30, 1925, exactly two weeks short of his 71st birthday12 He is interred at Evergreen Cemetery, New Haven, Connecticut

Referencesedit

  1. ^ Taylor, William Harrison 1919 The One Hundredth Anniversary of the First Meeting of the General Assembly Hartford, CT: Case, Lockwood & Brainard Co p 86 
  2. ^ Cutter, William Richard 1913 New England Families, Genealogical and Memorial, Volume 3 New York, NY: Lewis Historical Publishing Company p 1564 
  3. ^ Wesleyan University Bulletin, Issues 61-80 Middletown, CT: Wesleyan University 1925 p 20 
  4. ^ "Rollin S Woodruff" The Political Graveyard Retrieved 11 December 2012 
  5. ^ Hill, Everett Gleason 1918 A Modern History of New Haven and Eastern New Haven County, Volume 2 New York, NY: S J Clarke Publishing Company p 68 
  6. ^ Warner, Donald J 1922 Connecticut State Register and Manual Hartford, CT: Lockwood & Brainard Co p 336 
  7. ^ Chadwick, Earl Leslie 1909 The Conservative Advocate: A Book of Biographies of Connecticut's Successful Men Hartford, CT: Transcript Press p 3 
  8. ^ Geer, Elihu 1899 Geer's Hartford City Directory, Volume 62 Hartford, CT: Hartford Printing p 651 
  9. ^ Taylor, William Harrison 1903 Taylor's Legislative History and Souvenir of Connecticut, Volume 4 Hartford, CT: R S Peck & Co p 25 
  10. ^ "Rollin S Woodruff" NNDB Soylent Communications Retrieved 11 December 2012 
  11. ^ a b "Rollin S Woodruff" National Governors Association Retrieved 11 December 2012 
  12. ^ Cutter, William Richard 1926 American Biography: A New Cyclopedia, Volume 26 Washington, DC: American Historical Society p 5 

Further readingedit

  • Sobel, Robert and John Raimo Biographical Directory of the Governors of the United States, 1789-1978 Greenwood Press, 1988 ISBN 0-313-28093-2

External linksedit

  • Rollin Simmons Woodruff entry at the National Governors Association
  • Rollin Simmons Woodruff entry at The Political Graveyard
  • Rollin S Woodruff at Find a Grave
  • NNDB Soylent Communications


Political offices
Preceded by
Henry Roberts
Lieutenant Governor of Connecticut
1905–1907
Succeeded by
Everett J Lake
Preceded by
Henry Roberts
Governor of Connecticut
1907–1909
Succeeded by
George L Lilley


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