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Hon. (USA), Lucian Dallas Woodruff, Sr

Birthplace: Landisburg, Perry County, Pennsylvania, USA
Death: January 27, 1911 (66)
Johnstown, Cambria County, Pennsylvania, USA
Place of Burial: Grandview Cemetery, Southmont, Cambria County, Pennsylvania, USA
Immediate Family:

Son of Capt Henry Durant Woodruff and Elizabeth Woodruff
Husband of Mary Margaret Wilson Woodruff
Father of Jessie Octavia Walters

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About Hon. (USA), Lucian Dallas Woodruff, Sr

Mayor photo from "City Centennial Souvenir of Johnstown, Illustrated, 1900."

Older family photo graciously provided by Larry Hill of Albuquerque, NM.
From Wiley, Samuel T., ed. Biographical and Portrait Cyclopedia of Cambria County, Pennsylvania. Philadelphia: Union Publishing Co., 1896, p. 77-9:

HON. L. D. WOODRUFF, a prominent democrat of Central Pennsylvania, and the present postmaster of the city of Johnstown, was born January 8, 1845, at Landisburg, Perry county, Pennsylvania, and is a son of Captain Henry D. and Elizabeth Harper Woodruff. He received his education at New Bloomfield academy; taught one term of school and then learned the trade of printer in the office of the Perry County Democrat. In 1865 he came to Johnstown and became associate editor and proprietor of the Johnstown Democrat, and after the retirement of his father, in 1876, he was sole editor and proprietor of the sheet until February 1, 1893, when he disposed of the paper and printing plant, and a year later assumed charge of the Johnstown post-office, of which he had been commissioned as postmaster by President Cleveland. The Johnstown office is one of the presidential offices, and to its management and advancement Mr. Woodruff has devoted himself assiduously with very satisfactory results. Politically, he is a strong democrat of pronounced views, and served from 1879 to 1882, as a member of the House of Representatives of Pennsylvania, in which he was ever watchful of the interests of his constituents. He served on several important committees, and was nominated by his party, in 1892, as their candidate for Congress in the Twentieth district composed of Cambria, Somerset, Bedford and Blair counties. Mr. Woodruff made an active campaign, but was defeated, as the district was strongly republican. He has frequently served as chairman of the Democratic County committee; also represented Cambria county in different state conventions of his party, and in 1884 was a delegate to the Democratic National convention at Chicago, which nominated Grover Cleveland for president. After Johnstown was organized as a city, Mr. Woodruff was elected for two consecutive terms as a member of the school board, where his services were valuable and duly appreciated.

On December 26, 1866, Mr. Woodruff wedded Maggie W. Lynch, who died January 24, 1888, aged forty years, and six years later, in October, 1894, he was united in marriage with Marie A. Dick, a daughter of George Dick, of Baltimore. By his first marriage he had five children: Jessie, wife of Anderson H. Walters, assistant superintendent of Johnstown gas works; Harry D., engaged in the printing business; Lucian D., now in the employ of the Cambria Iron company; and two who died at an early age. The Woodruff family was one of the old English families of Connecticut that came of Puritan ancestors who came over to the Boston Bay colony in the early days of its history. A. Philip Woodruff settled at Waterbury, Connecticut, and his grandson, Philip Woodruff, was the father of Captain Henry D. Woodruff, the father of Hon. Lucian D. Woodruff. Captain Woodruff was born September 24, 1825, at Waterbury, Connecticut, and spent his boyhood days at Windsor, New York, where he received a good education. At eighteen years of age he removed to Perry county, this State, where he followed teaching up to 1861.

In April of that year, under Lincoln's first call for troops, he raised Company D, Second regiment, Pennsylvania three months' troops. The company was recruited at Bloomfield, Perry county, and when mustered into the Federal service on April 20, 1861, Mr. Woodruff became Captain. The company was assigned to the Second regiment, and served under General Robert Paterson in his fruitless attempt to hold General Johnson at Winchester. At the expiration of his term of service Captain Woodruff raised Company D of the Forty-seventh regiment of Pennsylvania volunteers, which was mustered in September 20, 1861. This regiment served in the defenses around Washington city, at Key West, Forida, was in the battles of Pocotaligo, West Virginia; Pleasant Hill and Sabine Cross Roads under Banks, and Opequan and Cedar Creek under Sheridan. The Forty-seventh was the only Pennsylvania regiment in the Red River expedition. It saw service in seven southern states; marched over twelve hundred miles, and made twelve sea voyages. Company D, under Captain Woodruff, performed well its part in siege, battle, march and sea voyage, and returned home with a well-earned reputation for efficiency and bravery. After the war Captain Woodruff came to Johnstown, where he was engaged with his son in conducting the Democrat from 1865 to 1876. Ill-health then compelled his retirement from business, and he afterwards removed to Blairsville, in Indiana county, at which place he died. He was a Jeffersonian democrat, and wielded a great influence in the county councils of his party. Captain Woodruff married Elizabeth Harper, who was a daughter of Edward Harper, of Landisburg, Pennsylvania. She was born in Juniata county, Pennsylvania, and died in Johnstown. Captain and Mrs. Woodruff had seven children: Edward C., Hon. Lucian D., Mrs. Ada Little, and four others who died young.

Cambria Freeman, Ebensburg, PA- Friday, 3 Feb 1911: Volume 45, Number 5

Ex-Mayor Woodruff Dies in Johnstown

Lucien Dallas Woodruff, formerly postmaster and later mayor of Johnstown and for more than two decades prominent in the affairs of that city, died at 6:10 o'clock Friday evening at his residence. Surrounded by his loved ones, the end came peacefully, terminating as it did a brave battle for life that extended months back. A cancerous affection of the stomach and liver was the cause of death. The deceased was born Jan. 8, 1845 at Landisburg, Perry County. In 1865 Mr. Woodruff went to Johnstown and became associate editor and proprietor of THE DEMOCRAT and after the retirement of his father in 1876 he was sole editor and proprietor of the paper until Feb. 1, 1893. A year later he assumed charge of the Johnstown post office of which he had been commissioned as postmaster by President Cleveland. Politically he was a strong Democrat of pronounced views. He served from 1879 to 1882 as a member of the Pennsylvania legislature. In his earlier years he frequently served as chairman of the Democratic county committee and also represented Cambria County in different State conventions of his party. In 1899 Mr. Woodruff was elected mayor. During his term of office he made many improvements and introduced innovations by which the city was greatly benefited.

Mr. Woodruff was married in 1866 to Maggie W. Lynch of New Bloomfield who died in 1888. In 1894 he married Miss Marie Dicks of Baltimore, who together with daughter, Jessie, wife of Anderson H. Walters; a son, Harry D. Woodruff of Chicago; a sister, Mrs. Charles R. Tittle and a brother, Edward, the last two of Blairsville, survive. Public religious services were held at the late home of ex-Mayor Woodruff Monday afternoon at 2 o'clock in charge of the Rev. N. H. Holmes, D. D., Pastor of the Franklin Street Methodist Episcopal Church, assisted by the Rev. C. C. Hays, D. D., of the First Presbyterian Church. Interment was private, at a later hour. The pallbearers were: Ex-Mayor James K. Boyd; Ex-Mayor Charles Young; John McDermott; Charles C. Greer; Edward A. Barry and Willis A. G. Lape.* Reference: Find A Grave Memorial - SmartCopy: Oct 1 2019, 22:40:59 UTC

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Hon. (USA), Lucian Dallas Woodruff, Sr's Timeline

January 8, 1845
Landisburg, Perry County, Pennsylvania, USA
February 4, 1867
Age 22
Conemaugh Borough, Cambria County, Pennsylvania, USA
January 27, 1911
Age 66
Johnstown, Cambria County, Pennsylvania, USA
Grandview Cemetery, Southmont, Cambria County, Pennsylvania, USA