Biography of Thomas S. Woodruff
Erie County, PA Biographies

Thomas S. Woodruff, of Girard, is one of the widely known and successful attorneys of Erie County. He was born in Girard, Nov. 5, 1848, and is the son of Hon. Samuel E. and Eliza (Sterrett) Woodruff.

Hon. Samuel E. Woodruff was born at North Coventry, Conn., March 31, 1817, and died at his residence in Erie, April 15, 1881 His father, Rev. Ephraim T. Woodruff, was a Presbyterian minister and a nephew of Governor Treadwell, through whose kind offices he received his collegiate training at Yale University and Andover Seminary. His mother, Sally Alden, was a lineal descendant of Capt. John Alden. He removed with his parents to Trumbull County, Ohio, where he remained until 16, when he entered Hamilton College, New York. He subsequently studied law in Cincinnati, and was admitted to practice in 1841 by an examining committee, of which Hon. S. P. Chase and Judge Walker were members.

Locating at Girard in 1844, he applied himself to the practice of his profession. In 1853 he was elected district attorney of Erie County and in 1867, upon nomination of Chief Justice Chase, he received the appointment of register in bankruptcy, which position he held until the repeal of the bankrupt law. In 1870 he was the unanimous nominee of his party in Erie County at the primary election for president judge of the Sixth Judicial District. In 1872 he changed his residence from Girard to Erie and thereafter gave special attention to the increasing demands of his profession. He was an active member of the Presbyterian Church and a stanch Republican His wife died May 22, 1912, and they are buried in the Girard Cemetery.

To Samuel E. and Eliza (Sterrett) Woodruff were born three children: Mary, who died May 1l, 1925, was the wife of Joseph Johnston of Erie; Sarah Hayes Woodruff, who died December 8, 1924; and Thomas S., the subject of this sketch.

Thomas S. Woodruff received his early education in the schools of Erie County and after his graduation from Ann Arbor( Mich.) Preparatory School, he entered Cornell University, where he received his degree in law. He has succeeded to his father's extensive law practice in Erie County and is widely known as an efficient and reliable member of his community.

Mr. Woodruff is a Republican, a member of the Presbyterian Church, and a charter member of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows.

History of Erie County, Pennsylvania
By: John Elmer Reed
Historical Publishing Company

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