Alexander Penn Wooldridge

Alexander Penn Wooldridge, usually just A. P. Wooldridge (1847–1930[1]), was a mayor of Austin, Texas[2] from 1909 to 1919. Wooldridge Park and Wooldridge Elementary School are named after him. He led the campaign in the early 1890s to build the Austin Dam across the Colorado River; the dam failed in a flood in 1900.

Wooldridge served as mayor during the Spanish Flu epidemic of 1918. At the height of the epidemic, the city passed an ordinance closing the state university, all public and private schools, and all churches for a period of 30 days.[3]


Wooldridge attended the University of Virginia.[4]


He was the president of Austin's City National Bank in 1896.[4]

Other ServiceEdit

He served as the first President of the Board of Trustees of the Austin Independent School District, and is sometimes called "The Father of Public Education in Austin."[5]


  1. ^ Handbook of Texas Online - WOOLDRIDGE, ALEXANDER PENN
  2. ^ Wooldridge, A. P. (1911). Clyde Lyndon King (ed.). "The Commission as It Works in Austin, Texas". Commission Government in American Cities. American Academy of Political and Social Science: 906.
  3. ^ "The 1918 Influenza Epidemic"[permanent dead link], retrieved 2012-03-08
  4. ^ a b Fritz-Hugh, Thomas (May 1896). "Our Alma Mater in Texas and the Southwest". The Alumni Bulletin of the University of Virginia. Charlottesville: Faculty of the University of Virginia.
  5. ^ AP Wooldridge sur Flickr : partage de photos !