WOODRUFF, John, a Representative from Connecticut; born in West Hartford, Hartford County, Conn., February 12, 1826; received a limited schooling; moved to Catskill, Greene County, N.Y., in 1835; returned to Connecticut in 1841 and settled in Bristol, where he worked in a clock factory until 1845; moved to New Haven in 1845; elected a member of the common council in 1848 and served several terms; member of the general assembly in 1852; elected as a candidate of the American Party to the Thirty-fourth Congress (March 4, 1855-March 3, 1857); unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1856 to the Thirty-fifth Congress; elected as a Republican to the Thirty-sixth Congress (March 4, 1859-March 3, 1861); upon establishment of the office in 1862 was appointed collector of internal revenue for the second district of Connecticut and served until his death in New Haven, Conn., May 20, 1868; interment in Evergreen Cemetery.

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External Research Collections

Connecticut Historical Society

Hartford, CT
Papers: 1858-1865. 5 letters in various collections. Index in repository.

Yale University Library
Manuscripts and Archives

New Haven, CT
Papers: In Timothy Lester Woodruff Family Papers, 1849-1904, 0.25 linear foot. The papers include several items documenting John Woodruff's career as a Congressman from Connecticut and his election on the American Party ticket. An unpublished finding aid is available in the repository.
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