Arthur B. Woodford

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Arthur B. Woodford
Sport(s) Football
Biographical details
Born (1861-10-07)October 7, 1861
Winsted, Connecticut
Died 1946 (aged 84–85)[1]
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1887–1888 Indiana
Head coaching record
Overall 0–1–1

Arthur Burnham Woodford (October 7, 1861 – 1946) was an American economist, university professor, and grammar school rector. He was also the first head coach of the Indiana Hoosiers football team, holding that position from 1887 to 1888.

Early life and education[edit]

Woodford was born in Winsted, Connecticut, on October 7, 1861. His parents were John Woodford and Sarah Burnham Woodford. He attended public schools and Williston Seminary before entering Yale University as an undergraduate. He graduated from Yale's Sheffield Scientific School in 1881 with a bachelor of philosophy degree. Woodford continued his education as a post-graduate at Yale, the University of Michigan, the Johns Hopkins University, Indiana University, l'École Libre des Sciences Politiques in Paris, and at Berlin University. He received a Master of Arts degree from Indiana University in 1886 and a doctor of philosophy degree from Johns Hopkins in 1891.[2][3]

Marriage and family[edit]

Woodford married Margaret Cornelia Bowditch of New Haven, Connecticut in 1885. They had three children, Francis Bowditch Woodford, Burnham Bowditch Woodford, and Margaret Bowditch Woodford.[2]

Professional life[edit]

Woodford worked as a special agent for the U.S. Department of Labor in 1885. From 1885 to 1889, he held a professorship in economics at Indiana University. In 1890, he briefly held a chair—vacated by the death of its holder, Alexander Johnson—in political economy and jurisprudence at (what was then) Princeton College. But future Princeton (and United States) president Woodrow Wilson was appointed to the chair for the academic year 1890–91.[4][5][6] Moving to the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, Woodford served there as an assistant professor of political economy from 1891 to 1892. From 1892 to 1896, he taught English and economics while serving as president of the School of Social Economics in New York City. He lectured at New York University from 1895 to 1898. In 1896 he also took up a post as an instructor at the Hopkins Grammar School. In 1906, he became rector at Hopkins.[2][3]

Teaching at Indiana in 1885, Woodford was the first instructor in the United States to carry an official title containing the word "sociology."[7]


On the Use of Silver as Money in the United States: An Historical Study, 1893
The Economic Primer, 1895

Collegiate athletics[edit]

Woodford served as the first head football coach at Indiana University, coaching for two seasons from 1887 to 1888 and compiling a record of 0–1–1.

Head coaching record[edit]

Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs
Indiana Hoosiers (Independent) (1887–1888)
1887 Indiana 0–1
1888 Indiana 0–0–1
Indiana: 0–1–1
Total: 0–1–1

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Johns Hopkins University Seminary of History and Politics; Gettleman, M.E. (1990). The Johns Hopkins University Seminary of History and Politics: The Records of an American Educational Institution, 1877-1912 : October 1901-May 1912. Garland Publishing. ISBN 9780824086497. Retrieved April 5, 2015.
  2. ^ a b c Marquis, p.1177.
  3. ^ a b Cutter, W.R., p.1457.
  4. ^ Princetonian, 31 January 1890
  5. ^ New York Times, 13 February 1890
  6. ^ Princeton College Bulletin, II(2), 25
  7. ^ Wright


  • Cutter, W.R., Ed. "New England Families, Second Edition", Lewis Historical Publishing Company, 1913, Vol. 3, p. 1457.
  • Marquis, A.N., "Who's Who in New England, Second Edition", author, 1916, p. 1177.
  • New York Times, "Princeton's Trustees Meet: Woodroe (sic) Wilson Elected to the Chair of Political Economy", 13 February 1890.
  • Princeton College Bulletin, "The President's Report to the Board of Trustees", II(2), 25
  • Princetonian, untitled editor's remarks, 31 January 1890, XIV (71), 2
  • Wright II, Earl. "Atlanta: Birthplace of American Sociology". American Sociological Association. Retrieved June 16, 2010.