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WOODRUFF, Marcus C. (Aurora, Erie Co., NY, Mar. 21, 1831--Dubuque, IA, Mar. 19, 1909). Editor. In 1874 Woodruff became editor-in-chief of the Dubuque Times upon his purchase of half-interest in the paper. He had earlier been involved with the management of the Eldora (IA) Sentinel (1863) and the Waterloo Courier (1870).

Woodruff held a wide variety of governmental posts. In 1878 he was appointed to the board of railroad commissioners and previously served as chief clerk of the Twelfth General Assembly. Two years prior to his death his duties proved too heavy and Woodruff was relieved of the office of tax commissioner. He continued to be the right-of-way commissioner until the time of his death.