Woodruff, Robert J. (Hon.)


Hon. Robert J. Woodruff, whose name is well known in connection with legal and financial interests, is actively associated with banking at Orange and with law practice in New Haven. He was born in the former city July 6, 1874, a son of Stiles D. and Elizabeth M. (Clark) Woodruff, who were also natives of Orange. The father was a prominent seed merchant and farmer and passed away in this state April 10, 1906, at the age of sixty-seven years. His wife died March 8, 1906, at the age of sixty-six years.

In the family were four children, of whom Robert J. Woodruff was the third. Following his graduation from the high school of New Haven with the class of 1892 he then entered Yale University, in which he pursued his academic course, winning his degree in 1896. Three years were then devoted to the study of law at Yale and in 1899 he was licensed to practice at the Connecticut bar. He has since become widely known as a representative of that field of labor and from April, 1901, until October, 1915, he was prosecuting attorney of New Haven county. In the same year in which he was called to that office he was elected to represent his town in the general assembly of Connecticut and served for two years. He has been tax collector of his town, a member of the school board and the incumbent in other local offices, and his duties have ever been discharged with promptness and fidelity above question. His father was also at one time a member of the state legislature from Orange and, moreover, manifested his loyal citizenship by active service in the Civil war with the Twenty-seventh Connecticut Regiment.

On the 12th of November, 1902, Mr. Woodruff was married in Orange to Miss Bertha Clark, a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Henry Clark, of Milford. They have become parents of three children, Dorothy W., Elizabeth C. and Robert J., Jr., all born in Orange. The family home is maintained in Orange and the parents occupy a prominent position in the social circles of that town, while the hospitality of their own home is greatly enjoyed by their many friends.

Mr. Woodruff is prominently associated with the business interests of the town, and is a director of the Orange Bank & Trust Company. He is secretary and director of the Cromwell Water Company and is a director of The Orange Water Company. He was a member of Troop A of the National Guard Cavalry, maintained at New Haven from 1901 to 1910, advancing from private to second lieutenant. On May 1, 1917, he was commissioned captain of Company I, Second Regiment. Connecticut Home Guard, located at Orange and still holds that position.

In his fraternal relations Mr. Woodruff is a well known Mason. He has advanced to the Knight Templar degree in the York Rite and to the thirty-second degree in the Scottish Rite. He also has membership with the Sons of Veterans, while along strictly professional lines his connection is with the New Haven, the New Haven County, the Connecticut State and the American Bar Associations. Closely applying himself to the work of the profession, he has manifested such ability as advocate and counselor as to be ranked with the leading attorneys of this section.

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