Rollin S. Woodruff

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Rollin S. Woodruff
62nd Governor of Connecticut
In office
January 9, 1907 – January 6, 1909
Lieutenant Everett J. Lake
Preceded by Henry Roberts
Succeeded by George L. Lilley
Personal details
Born July 14, 1854
Rochester, New York
Died June 30, 1925 (aged 70)
Guilford Center, Connecticut
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Kaomeo E. Perkins Woodruff
Religion Congregationalist

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


Woodruff was born in Rochester, New York on July 14, 1854. He was the son of Jeremiah Woodruff, who was a minister; and Clarissa "Clorise" Thompson Woodruff. He got only basic education from Rochester's public school system. He married Kaomeo E. Perkins on January 14, 1880,[1] and they had two children.


Director of the Board of Mechanics Bank of New Haven, Woodruff was also director of the Board of Connecticut Savings Bank, and of the Connecticut Computing Machine Company. He was President of C. S. Mersick Company and Grace Hospital of New Haven. A member of the Connecticut Senate in 1903, he was elected President pro tempore of the Connecticut Senate, and held that position until 1905. He was President of New Haven's Chamber of Commerce from 1905 to 1907.[2]

Woodruff became the 51st Lieutenant Governor of Connecticut in 1905. He held that position until 1907.[3]

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 when he thought the state financial system or budget needed his protection. He left office on January 6, 1909. 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 Club.[3]


Woodruff died on June 30, 1925, age 70 years, 351 days. He is interred at Evergreen Cemetery, New Haven, Connecticut.[4]


  1. ^ "Rollin S. Woodruff". The Political Graveyard. Retrieved 11 December 2012. 
  2. ^ "Rollin S. Woodruff". NNDB Soylent Communications. Retrieved 11 December 2012. 
  3. ^ a b "Rollin S. Woodruff". National Governors Association. Retrieved 11 December 2012. 
  4. ^ "Rollin S. Woodruff". Find A Grave. Retrieved 11 December 2012. 

Further reading[edit]

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

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