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Samuel W. Woodhouse, Jr., was born in Philadelphia in 1874, and was graduated in 1893 from Jefferson Medical College. He practiced medicine for many years in Philadelphia and Southport, Maine. At the start of World War I, Dr. Woodhouse was in London and worked with Herbert Hoover to repatriate American citizens. On his return to America in 1917 he enlisted in the Medical Corps and became inspector of hospitals in Italy for the Red Cross and later medical director of the Southern Zone of France in Marseille.
He joined the staff of the Philadelphia Museum of Art in 1919, and retired in 1928 as acting director. He specialized in the fields of eighteenth century furniture and silverware, and in addition to collecting for the museum, acquired his own personal collection of china, furniture, paintings, silver, miniatures, and other items over a lifetime of travel in all parts of the world. His wife, Mrs. Catherine Woolfe Woodhouse, survived him after his death in Philadelphia on February 2, 1943. The couple had no children. [Compiled from sources and references recorded on CMS]