Woodruff Playground

Stanley Ave. between Autumn Ave. and Hemlock St.


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This text is part of Parks’ Historical Signs Project and can be found posted within the park.

This playground honors Timothy L. Woodruff (1858-1913), a prominent businessman, and influential political leader who served as the Lieutenant Governor of New York for three successive terms from 1896 to 1902. Woodruff lived for many years at 25 Eighth Avenue in Brooklyn.

Born in New Haven, Connecticut on August 4, 1858, Timothy Lester Woodruff graduated from Yale University in 1879 and became a successful businessman. In 1881, Woodruff moved to Kings County. Rising through the ranks of the local Republican club, Woodruff eventually became the head of the entire Republican organization in Brooklyn. Elected Lieutenant Governor of New York, in November of 1896, Woodruff served alongside 1898 Governor Theodore Roosevelt (1858-1919), who went on to become U.S. President in 1901.

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