Theodore Tuttle Woodruff

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Theodore Tuttle Woodruff
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Born(1811-04-08)April 8, 1811
DiedMay 2, 1892(1892-05-02) (aged 81)
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Eliza Lord Hemenway
(m. 1833)
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Theodore Tuttle Woodruff (April 8, 1811 – May 2, 1892) was an American inventor.


Theodore Tuttle Woodruff was born in Jefferson County, New York on April 8, 1811.[1]

He married Eliza Lord Hemenway on July 25, 1833, and they had two children.[1]

On December 2, 1856, Woodruff received two patents for a convertible car seat, which led to his invention of the sleeping car for railroads. He also helped to manage the Pennsylvania Railroad through its general manager Andrew Carnegie.

Woodruff also invented a coffee-hulling machine, a surveyor's compass and a steam plow.

He lost his fortune in the Panic of 1873.[1]

He was killed when he was struck by a train in Philadelphia on May 2, 1892.[2]


One of Woodruff's descendants was the 20th century diplomat, Charles Woodruff Yost.[3][4][5]

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  1. ^ a b c The National Cyclopaedia of American Biography. XIV. James T. White & Company. 1910. pp. 203–204. Retrieved December 15, 2020 – via Google Books.
  2. ^ "Theodore Woodruff Killed". The Plain Speaker. Philadelphia. May 4, 1892. p. 1. Retrieved December 15, 2020 – via
  3. ^ "Theodore Tuttle Woodruff". Find A Grave. Find A Grave, Inc., 360 W 4800 N, Provo, UT 84604, United States. Retrieved July 1, 2015.
  4. ^ "Woodruff -- Central Transportation". Mid-Continent Railway Museum. Retrieved July 1, 2015.
  5. ^ Oakley, C C. "Chapter XIV Remarkable Men in Commerce, Law, Medicine and Politics, Famous Orators, The Men Who Held High Official Positions, Memoirs of Famous and Interesting Citizens of the County and City" (PDF). Vigo County Public Library. The Lewis Publishing Company. Retrieved July 1, 2015.