William L. Goggin

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William Leftwich Goggin
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Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Virginia's 5th district
In office
March 4, 1847 – March 4, 1849
Preceded by Shelton Leake
Succeeded by Paulus Powell
In office
May 10, 1844 – March 4, 1845
Preceded by Thomas Walker Gilmer
Succeeded by Shelton Leake
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Virginia's 7th district
In office
March 4, 1839 – March 3, 1843
Preceded by Archibald Stuart
Succeeded by Henry A. Wise
Member of the Virginia House of Delegates from Bedford County
In office
1836
Alongside Robert Campbell
Personal details
Born May 31, 1807
Bunker Hill, Virginia
Died January 3, 1870(1870-01-03) (aged 62)
Liberty, Virginia
Resting place Goggin Cemetery, Bunker Hill, West Virginia
Political party Whig
Alma mater Winchester Law School
Profession lawyer, politician
Military service
Allegiance Confederate States of America
Service/branch Confederate Home Guard
Rank Captain
Battles/wars American Civil War

William Leftwich Goggin (May 31, 1807 – January 3, 1870) was a nineteenth-century politician and lawyer from Virginia.

Biography[edit]

Born near Bunker Hill, Virginia (now West Virginia), Goggin attended country schools and was eventually graduated from Winchester Law School. He studied law and was admitted to the bar in 1828, commencing practice in Liberty, Virginia. Goggin also engaged in agricultural pursuits and politics. He was a member of the Virginia House of Delegates from 1836 to 1837 and was later elected a Whig to the United States House of Representatives, serving from 1839 to 1843. In 1842, he unsuccessfully contested the election of Thomas W. Gilmer, but eventually got the seat when Gilmer resigned early, serving again from 1844 to 1845. He later returned for a third time serving from 1847 to 1849, serving as chairman of the Committee on Post Office and Post Roads. In 1859, Goggin ran for Governor of Virginia, but lost to John Letcher. He was a delegate to the Virginia Secession Convention in 1861 and was captain of Home Guards for the Confederate Army during the Civil War. Afterward, he continued practicing law until his death on January 3, 1870 near Liberty, Virginia. He was interred in his family's burying ground, Goggin Cemetery near Bunker Hill, West Virginia.

Electoral history[edit]

  • 1839; Goggin was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives with 52.64% of the vote, defeating Democrat Archibald Stuart, Jr.
  • 1841; Goggin was re-elected with 56.54% of the vote, defeating Democrat Stuart.
  • 1843; Goggin lost his re-election bid when he was not renominated.
  • 1844; Goggin was re-elected with 50.75% of the vote, defeating Democrat William Fitzhugh Gordon.
  • 1845; Goggin lost his re-election bid when he was not renominated.
  • 1847; Goggin was re-elected with 50.93% of the vote, defeating Democrat Shelton Farrar Leake.
  • 1849; Goggin lost his bid for re-election.

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United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
Archibald Stuart
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Virginia's 7th congressional district

1839 – 1843
Succeeded by
Henry A. Wise
Preceded by
Thomas W. Gilmer
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Virginia's 5th congressional district

1844 – 1845
Succeeded by
Shelton Leake
Preceded by
Shelton Leake
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Virginia's 5th congressional district

1847 –1849
Succeeded by
Paulus Powell