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George Woodruff


George Woodruff, American banker.


Woodruff, George was born on May 25, 1881 in Joliet, Illinois, United States. Son of Frederick W. and Nellie (Davis) Woodruff.


Student of University of Mich. Studied banking in England, France and Germany.


Assistant cashier First National Bank, Joliet, 1904, vice president, 1906, elected president, 1907. Served as vice president, president and Chairman of the Board National Bank of Republic, Chicago, 1922-1931. Chairman of the Board First National Bank of Joliet and Woodruff Securities Company (Joliet).

Inspected all Chinese and Siberian railroads for international banking group, 1909. Made American preliminary survey for establishment of America branch banks in all countries of S. America, 1910. Organized first amortization farm loan bank in America at Joliet, 1911.

Appointed by Taft administration member European Rural Credit Commission, 1913. A founder of America Acceptance Council, introducing acceptances to American business men. Representative of Illinois Chamber of Commerce at Commercial Conference, China.

1921. Assistant western manager Republican National Committee, 1928. President Illinois Bankers Association, 1915-1916. Founder, and 1st president Illinois State Chamber of Commerce., 1919-1921.


Clubs: Union League, Mid-Day. University. Tavern. Attic, Racquet, Saddle and Cycle, Chicago Yacht (commodore 1927-1929).


Frederick W. Woodruff

Nellie (Davis) Woodruff