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Charles Armijo Woodruff

Charles Armijo Woodruff
11th Governor of American Samoa
In office
December 6, 1914 – March 1, 1915
Preceded by Nathan Post
Born citation
Died November 23, 1945(1945-11-23) (aged 61)
Hotel Bossert, Brooklyn, New York City
Alma mater United States Naval Academy
Occupation Ship captain
Allegiance  United States
Service/branch United States Navy Seal United States Navy
Rank Commander
Commands USS Pampanga (PG-39)

Charles Armijo Woodruff (January 12, 1884 – November 23, 1945) was a United States Navy officer and the 11th Governor of American Samoa from December 6, 1914 to March 1, 1915. He captained multiple ships in both the Navy and the United States Merchant Marines. He served only briefly as governor, for a few months before ceding the office to John Martin Poyer. Woodruff killed himself by hanging from the blinds cord in his hotel room in 1945. He claimed he missed his ship and had no ability to make money.


Woodruff was born on January 12, 1884 in Santa Fe, New Mexico.[1] After leaving the United States Navy, Woodruff became a part of the United States Merchant Marine, captaining a ship. On November 23, 1945, Woodruff committed suicide by hanging in an apartment in Hotel Bossert, Brooklyn, New York City, using the venetian blinds cord in his room. A suicide note claimed he had killed himself because he had no means of making money and "missed his boat", and that suicide provided the "easiest way out".[2]

Naval career

Woodruff was appointed to the United States Naval Academy from Pennsylvania on September 24, 1902.[3] In 1906, he commanded the USS Pampanga (PG-39) as a Lieutenant (junior grade).[4] Woodruff retired from the Navy with the rank of Commander.[2]


Woodruff relieved Nathan Post of the governor's office on December 6, 1914, serving for a short time until March 1, 1915.[1]


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