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Woodcock, Virgil, 1803-1875



  • Existence: 1803 - 1875


Virgil A. Woodcock was born in 1803 in Swanzey, New Hampshire. He was a carpenter and inventor. He invented and patented "Improved Arrangement in School Desks in 1855. He died in 1875.

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Virgil Woodcock signature book

Identifier: 003426
Codex 003426
Date(s): 1855 to 1861

Notebook with signatures of school commissioners, teachers and other notables approving of Virgil Woodcock's (1803-1875) invention of rearranging student desks in school rooms. He claimed that his "Diagonal Arrangement" in favor of single desks rather than double desks, would provide each student with their own desk and thereby preventing "interference with another." Includes two illustrated pamphlets explaining his arrangement.

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