Theodore Tuttle Woodruff

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Theodore Tuttle Woodruff (8 April 1811 – 3 May 1892) was an American inventor. On 2 December 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.

One of Woodruff's descendants was the 20th century diplomat, Charles Woodruff Yost.[1][2][3]

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  1. ^ "Theodore Tuttle Woodruff". Find A Grave. Find A Grave, Inc., 360 W 4800 N, Provo, UT 84604, United States. Retrieved 1 July 2015.
  2. ^ "Woodruff -- Central Transportation". Mid-Continent Railway Museum. Retrieved 1 July 2015.
  3. ^ 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 1 July 2015.