George C. Woodruff

Other Name:
George Catlin Woodruff
December 1, 1805
November 21, 1884
Home Town:
Litchfield, CT
Later Residences:
Litchfield, CT
Henrietta Seymour Woodruff (September 28, 1829)
Biographical Notes:
George Catlin Woodruff was the oldest son of Major General Morris and Candace (Catlin) Woodruff, born in 1805. His brother Lewis B. Woodruff also attended the Litchfield Law School and his sister Lucy Morris Woodruff attended the Litchfield Female Academy.

Before graduating from Yale College in 1825, Woodruff attended Morris Academy. After receiving his undergraduate degree, he studied law with James Gould at the Litchfield Law School. In 1827, he was admitted to the bar and traveled to the Ohio Valley in search of a location for a new practice. Discouraged, he returned to Litchfield and opened a law office there instead later the same year.

Woodruff served in various public positions throughout his lifetime, including postmaster of Litchfield from 1832 to 1846. He served ...
"That all classes of people should implicitly trust Mr. Woodruff was natural. That confidence was begotten of an honesty, a faithfulness, a zeal that was unswerving. No better proof of this could exist than the fact that at some time he was not only counsel for every town in Litchfield county but many of the towns in adjoining counties." -- Obitiuary sketch of George C. Woodruff

Years at LLS:
Other Education:
Attended the Morris Academy in the South Farms section of Litchfield, CT and graduated from Yale College in 1825.

Profession / Service
Lawyer; Political Office
Admitted To Bar:
Litchfield, CT in 1827
Political Party:
Federal Posts:
U.S. Representative (CT) 1861-1863
State Posts:
State Representative (CT) 1851, 1855, 1874
State Committees:
Clerk of the CT General Assembly.
Local Posts:
Postmaster (Litchfield, CT) 1832-1846
Justice of the Peace (Litchfield, CT)
Grand Juror (Litchfield, CT)
Treasurer for the Town (Litchfield, CT)
Clerk for the Town (Litchfield, CT)
Clerk of the Superior Court
Judge of Probate

Related Objects and Documents
In the Ledger:
help The Citation of Attendance provides primary source documentation of the student’s attendance at the Litchfield Female Academy and/or the Litchfield Law School. If a citation is absent, the student is thought to have attended but currently lacks primary source confirmation.

Records for the schools were sporadic, especially in the formative years of both institutions. If instructors kept comprehensive records for the Litchfield Female Academy or the Litchfield Law School, they do not survive. Researchers and staff have identified students through letters, diaries, family histories and genealogies, and town histories as well as catalogues of students printed in various years. Art and needlework have provided further identification of Female Academy Students, and Litchfield County Bar records document a number of Law School students. The history of both schools and the identification of the students who attended them owe credit to the early 20th century research and documentation efforts of Emily Noyes Vanderpoel and Samuel Fisher, and the late 20th century research and documentation efforts of Lynne Templeton Brickley and the Litchfield Historical Society staff.
LHS Papers of Agatha Ryan, # 1986-97; “Recd. Sept 22 1827, of Morris Woodruff Esq One Hundred & Thirty Dollars, in full for the tuition of his son George, in my Law School. James Gould”; Catalogue of the Litchfield Law School (Hartford, CT: Press of Case,
Secondary Sources:
"Obituary Sketch of George C. Woodruff." Printed in the Connecticut Reports, Vol. 54, p. 596 - 598.

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